New Radar at MACS-2 Improves MAGTF Capabilities, Decision-Making
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Marines assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 2 (MACS-2), Marine Air Control Group 28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, received new radar and communication equipment on June 28 that will enhance the expeditionary capabilities and operational effectiveness of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
The Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) will make Marines’ jobs more efficient by providing a complete and coordinated modernization of the Marine Air Command and Control System equipment. Additionally, the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) and Composite Tracking Network (CTN) will provide the new CAC2S system with additional C2 and radar capabilities.
“The way everything is set up now is better than I have ever seen it,” said Cpl. Brent Montagna, a tactical data system technician with Marine Air Control Squadron 2. “[The CTN] allows us to bring more radar pictures into the CAC2S, so the operators can do their job more efficiently and get a broader picture of what is going on.”
The G/ATOR will be employed by the MAGTF across the range of military operations, replacing several legacy and previously retired systems. The ability of the G/ATOR, CTN and CAC2S to interface will allow MAGTF commanders with vital situational awareness and targeting data, essential in providing integrated air and missile defense, and counter-fire operations.
“The ability to digitally share information so that situational awareness is greater,” said Lt. Col. John Naylor, the commanding officer for MACS-2, “and decision-making becomes quicker reduces operational response time [across the MAGTF].”
While each individual piece of equipment provides value to the overall mission, the ability to integrate each of these pieces efficiently is what makes the CAC2S truly dynamic, according to Montagna.
“Were sending raw data straight to CAC2S,” he said. “Inside the CAC2S is what makes everything come together.”