TALOS is a dual-level command and control system, enabling fire-support coordination and execution to be integrated in the ground maneuver of both levels (brigade and battalions), to be used by the navy and army. Fire support includes field artillery, mortar fire, naval fire support and air support for ground operations.
It is organized in two complementary subsystems:
- Fire support planning subsystem: planning of the fire support integrated in the maneuver.
- Fire support execution subsystem: Execution and control of firing. Field artillery fire and mortar fire include technical firing-calculation aspects.
These subsystems are made up by an interrelated group of “cells” that exchange the necessary information for performing the defined functions.
TALOS capabilities include fire-support and maneuver planning with support tools for choice of the line of action, conducting of the maneuver with integrated fire support, friendly force tracking (FFT) and monitoring of maneuver tactics, obtaining targets, fire management and fire execution and observation, up to arms-system level in the case of mortar and field artillery fire, mapping the situation with the advance of the maneuver.
The TALOS system provides a series of generic functions that are present in every cell, including:
- Automatic positioning.
- Display and mapping of entities on a military geographic information system (SIGMIL). Allows for definition of map overlays to represent the positions of the elements taking part in the operation (friendly and enemy units, installations, targets, etc.)
- Use and conversion of geodesic systems and coordinates.
- The most habitual GIS functions: gradients, profiles, distances, surface areas, volumes, coverages, visible-hidden zones...
- Messaging in chat form, with predefined or free-text messages.
- User management (generics) and associated roles and allocation of duties to roles.
- Control of different material simultaneously: The system is capable of combining firing actions of different artillery or mortar materials from the same command post, carrying out the calculations for processing fire orders.