Uncovering the Different Segments of the C5ISR Systems Market?

Uncovering the Different Segments of the C5ISR Systems Market?

Information is everything in the military. That’s why military personnel work tirelessly to gather and analyze data, and communicate life-saving information to the right people at the right time.

If ordnance, strategy, and military personnel make up the “muscle” of the military, then C5ISR is the “nervous system”--driving all communication and information to prepare troops and monitor threats in the field.

What is C5ISR?

C5ISR is made up of 8 components: command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Army C5ISR systems are essential to the safety and success of military operations and requires professionals to be on the cutting edge of C5ISR technology.

Let’s break down these 8 components of C5ISR systems:

Command & Control

Command and control, two of the C’s in C5ISR, focus on data-driven mission execution.

Command and control centered systems are used to gather disparate data and disseminate information for mission use.

Proper command and control systems need to be durable, high-speed devices that can facilitate information gathering and sharing in real-time. In addition, they must be completely protected against any enemy hacking or other system threats.


The reliable exchange of information and real-time situational awareness can neutralize threats but it requires cutting-edge technology across the entire terrestrial and satellite communications landscape.

Sophisticated communication devices and capabilities are essential in battlefield operations as they enable users to send and receive orders, reports, mission critical data and alerts to those on the ground or otherwise.


The next C of C5ISR centers around the motherboard of the C5ISR technology: the computer. Without effective software, hardware, and information systems, the C5ISR strategy of a troop is failed.

Effective C5ISR computers are unique in their durability and impenetrable security. For example, Panasonic’s “Toughbook” equipment line offers rugged designs, immense processing power, and long-lasting battery life.


The final C of a C5ISR system describes a device that is equipped with cybersecurity defenses. The Department of Defense has addressed cyberspace as a vulnerable domain much like air, land, and water. However, the U.S. Military does not have a branch that directly addresses cyber defenses. This is where the fifth C of a C5ISR system comes into play.

An effective C5ISR system is equipped to tackle threats related to intelligence and information warfare and works to prevent sensitive data leaks and breaches.

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, most commonly known as ISR, are a series of systems put into place to acquire and process information. This information, once gathered through ISR processes, are used for U.S. defense and national security decision-making.

ISR systems include real-time video and surveillance, and equipment built to navigate and monitor air, land, sea, and even space. ISR devices and tactics provide key situational awareness to federal law enforcement and the department of defense.

Key technological advancements include automated information systems as well as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Counter-UAS technology.

C5ISR Technology and System Recommendations

In an ever-changing environment, up-to-date equipment is crucial. That’s why ADS, Inc. stays on top of communication and technology trends to provide our customers with the best equipment for the most complex operational challenges.

ADS works with suppliers to offer a wide variety of unique solutions to enhance every aspect of communication and connectivity across the C5ISR topography.

Our cutting-edge C5ISR equipment recommendations include:

Command and Control

  • Performance Drone Works – SPAROGCS
    • SPAROGCS brings advanced UAS command and control to the warfighter’s pocket. SPAROGCS allows the warfighter to operate and monitor their air vehicle from within the same familiar tool and maps that they are already using for battlefield situational awareness.
  • HDT GLOBAL – nano Rapid Tactical Operations Center (nRTOC)
    • The HDT nano Rapid Tactical Operations Center (nRTOC) is an ultra-portable display system for mobile, front-line operations. This rugged, lightweight, ultra-portable single-case solution is the ideal platform for battle command software and incident response applications.
  • Atlantic Signal – Lo-vis R23 Ruggedized/Submersible 2 Wire Kit
    • This durable, 2 wire kit holds up overseas in adverse weather conditions. All of the cables on the kit are the same heavy-duty cables used on our entire line of urban and submersible headsets. The speaker is sealed in hard rubber housing for submersion, and the microphone is blackened stainless steel and submersible to 3 feet.


  • Motorola Solutions – Srx 2200 Single-band P25 Combat Radio Uhf Range 1 Model 3.5
    • SRX 2200 P25 Single-band radio. Model 3.5 with front and top displays, full keypad. UHF Range 1. Clear and loud audio. Fit for the mission.
  • THALES – Missionlink® Mobile Satellite Communications
    • This solution utilizes a robust network service to provide highly reliable, mobile and essential voice, text and web communications, giving your critical operation global communications coverage regardless of the landscape. It is the solution to depend on for essential communications wherever your mission takes you.
  • LRAD – 100X
    • This high-powered speaker system features best in class broadcast voice intelligibility. The LRAD warning tone safely alerts attention to the voice messages that follow, establishes large standoff zones, and is the safer crowd control alternative to non-lethal and kinetic measures.


  • Panasonic – TOUGHBOOK 31
    • With drop-shock protection and a MIL-STD-810G certification, it’s the undisputed leader in the fully rugged category. Its Intel® Core™ i5 processor packs a punch and it delivers amazing battery life—19.5 hours, or 29 hours with the optional media bay 2nd battery.
  • Panasonic – TOUGHPAD FZ-G1
    • Designed for highly mobile field workers, it’s the thinnest and lightest fully rugged 10.1″ tablet running Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit. Powered by an Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor with a MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certified, the FZ-G1 Windows 10 tablet leads the way in rugged mobile computing.
  • Eclypse International Corporation – Automatic Wire Test Set
    • This Automatic Test System helps determine root cause analysis of electrical failures, reduces pilot reported discrepancies, false removal rates, and overall avionics spare demand. It also eliminates all “intermittent” issues


  • PacStar – 446 Large GigE Switch Module
    • PacStar 446 enables networking for a wide variety of edge-based C5ISR, cybersecurity, sensor, IoT, computing, and storage applications – connecting multiple devices to mission-critical tactical, ground-vehicle, and aircraft-mounted communications networks deployed in the field.


  • SeaLife – Micro HD+ Pro Set – 32gb Wifi
    • The Micro HD+ is the first permanently sealed underwater camera, with no doors or openings that could possibly leak. And with 32GB of onboard memory and a high capacity internal battery, there's no need for memory cards, batteries, O-rings, or maintenance.
  • SIX15 Technologies – Tac-Eye AR
    • This system integrates audio and visual systems. A full color head mount display (HMD), tactical headset, rugged mouse, dual push-to-talk (PTT), and all necessary cable interfaces have been combined. The HMD presents full color video and augmented reality (AR) symbols on a see-through optic.
  • Performance Drone Works – SPARO 50
    • The SPARO 50 is a highly capable, ruggedized, small, unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). Designed specifically for military operations, SPARO 50 boasts industry-leading endurance at >90 minutes while providing high-resolution imagery, day or night.

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