Equipment Piece of the Week: Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS)

JETSThe Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS) is an Army-led, Joint-interest program with the Air Force and Marine Corps to develop, procure, and field a one-person portable targeting system for FOs and JTACs.

This future system will address the capability gap for a lightweight, hand-held, highly accurate targeting system. It will allow target engagements with precision munitions and provide crucial digital connectivity to request and control indirect fires, and close air support from all Joint assets. The portability of JETS will allow small units supported by Army FOs or JTACs to have access to precision targeting in all operational environments.

The JETS system will include a hand-held Target Location Module (HTLM), a Precision Azimuth and Vertical Angle Module (PAVAM), and a Laser Marker Module (LMM). The HTLM will have day and thermal night vision sights, laser spot imaging, an electronic display, celestial navigation sensors, an eye-safe laser rangefinder, a digital magnetic compass, Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module Global Positioning System (SAASM GPS), digital video output, and digital communications in a module weighing less than 5.5 pounds. The PAVAM will be a compact, lightweight inertial measurement sensor which provides a 24/7 precision azimuth to the HTLM. The LMM will allow the operator to laser mark targets with a coded laser spot to identify and handoff targets to air support assets, and will provide a laser designation capability to target for laser guided munitions. JETS will digitally interface with existing service-specific Forward Entry Systems (FES) and will interface with future FESs using a common interface being developed through a Joint services working group. When connected to a FES, the JETS will digitally transmit target information to higher echelons for calls for fire and close air support.

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