AN/TSQ-134(V) Advanced Electronic Processing and Dissemination System (AEPDS)
The Army's Advanced Electronic Processing and Dissemination System (AEPDS) is a C-130 transportable system that supports Corps and Echelon Above Corps (EAC) commanders by receiving and processing intelligence data collected by national, theater and corps sensors. The AEPDS
supports close, deep, rear, and special operations by providing the ability to see deep into the battle area and by providing targeting, terrain, and ingress/egress information. The AEPDS maintains the tactical commander's SIGINT data base and serves as a pre-processor for the MITT, FAST, GSM, DTSS and ASAS. Sensor data is correlated and integrated, then forwarded to other tactical commands supported by Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) system within consumer timeliness requirements.
The data is correlated and integrated, then forwarded to other tactical commands supported by Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) system in required timeliness. The AEPDS interfaces with current Intelligence and Electronic Warfare (IEW) processing and dissemination systems, including the All Source Analysis System (ASAS) Block II upgrade which will allow interface with AEPDS.
The AEPDS combines the functions of the EPDS and the ETUT
in a single downsized self
With the fielding of the Advanced Electronic Processing and Dissemination System (AEPDS) in 1997, the older EPDS system became obsolete and is in the process of being taken out of the field. The systems operated by both
Air Force and Army units are located at ten installations around the world. In addition to the systems in the hands of users, the
ASPO has a significant stockage of repair parts, a training facility at Ft Huachuca, AZ., and an operational laboratory system.
Prior to the defielding, ASPO determined that many of the components inside the EPDS system could still satisfy requirements
within the Army and Air Force. All the potential claimants for the materiel were notified and requested to help in the defielding
effort. The current claimants to date are: The USAF Space and Missile Center (Data Acquisition System (DAS) equipment),
two national special access programs (DAS equipment), US Army Guardrail System (All workstations), Naval Research
Laboratory (empty van) and ASPO (all communications equipment and vans). At the conclusion of the defielding, there will be
almost nothing left.
- ETUT processes signals
intelligence (SIGINT) data and intelligence received from other TENCAP
systems. It provides security sanitization of the data it receives and also
provides tailored reporting to its command. Products include intelligence
reports, annotated imagery, and targeting data.
- EPDS receives and processes data collected by national, theater, and corps
sensors and forwards the products to the tactical commands supported by
TENCAP and the ASAS. Products of the EPDS include tailored and
automatic intelligence reports, electronic order of battle updates, and
dynamic database processing and reporting. Once a unit's ETUT is upgraded into an AEPDS, the EPDS is defielded.
A miniaturized data acquisition subsystem (MINI-DAS or
MIDAS) integrated into the existing UNIX-Based ETUT-Rs. Along with this
S-Band capability, the software functionality of the EPDS will also be intergrated
into the software of the ETUT-R. The result is a single system known as the
AEPDS that will fit inot the footprint of the current ETUT-R. Once a site has their
ETUT-R upgraded into a AEPDS, their EPDS will be defielded.
The AEPDS consists of four UNIX-based SUNSPARC which are
interchangeable and two file servers. One file server is used for the system the
other as a back-up and external LAN that enables other TENCAP and IEW
systems to read the AEPDS data base. It also has Communications System
Processor (CSP), SUCCESS Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) radio, image and text
printers, land-line modems, KY-68 telephone, STU-III and other cryptographic
equipment. AEPDS interfaces with all other TENCAP systems,
Hawkeye/Warrior, AUTODIN, Tactical Receiver Equipment (TRE) and Related
Application Program (TRAP) and all other TADIXS-B broadcasts, Mobile
Subscriber Equipment (MSE), public switched and leased line telephone networks,
Trojan Spirit and all National Imagery Transmission Fromat (NITF) complaint
Secondary Imagery Dissemination (SID) producers and consumers.
The initial AEPDS fielding was in 1997. All four corps and the EAC MI brigades received the system.
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Maintained by Steven Aftergood
Created by John Pike
Updated Sunday, February 20, 2000 11:21:40 AM