During FY 2009 TSC initiated on-site engineering support to our customer Manu Kai at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at Barking Sands, Kauai; the worlds largest instrumented, multi-dimensional testing and training missile range. PMRF is the only range in the world where submarines, surface ships, aircraft and space vehicles can operate and be tracked simultaneously. This makes PMRF a premier facility for supporting operations which vary from small, single-unit exercises up to large scale, multiple-unit battle group scenarios.
TSC’s two on-site personnel operate on an ever changing schedule dictated by our customer’s need. They float between three vastly different radar types providing operational and engineering support at unique sites located on the main base and at remote areas such as Makaha Ridge, Koke'e State Park and the Mobile Aerial Target Support System (MATSS) docked in Oahu.
TSC employees provide the knowledge and experience that Manu Kai relies upon for sensor mission planning, mission support and system software and hardware engineering to ensure that all of these critical sensors remain mission capable. In addition, TSC provides an assessment of the radar’s performance during tests; the company analyzes recorded data to verify performance under all conditions and to make recommendations for improvements, modernizations or necessary corrections.
Some major operations to date that TSC employees have supported are the Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and the Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System along with support for the Japanese Navy which utilizes PMRF for a variety of training and T&E operations.
TSC, teamed with Northrop Grumman XonTech, has supported a modernization program to upgrade the U.S. Navy PMRF MPS-25 radars using the Radar Open Systems Architecture (ROSA) system implemented in the Kwajalein Modernization and Remoting Program by MIT/LL. The MPS-25 radars mission is to support PMRF range operation functions as well as Missile Defense Agency (MDA) data-gathering objectives by collecting metric and signature data (skin track and beacon) on aircraft, drones, other range targets, tactical ballistic missiles, missile interceptors, and the corresponding missile intercept debris for Navy and MDA testing. The ROSA upgrade program was initiated to allow the MPS-25 radars to be operated and maintained by fewer personnel thus significantly reducing operations and maintenance costs. As a part of the transition team, TSC performed a technology transfer from MIT/LL on all custom hardware and firmware. This hardware knowledge has further been transitioned to PIVC, LLC (TSC’s Commercial Manufacturing Partner) that currently produces ROSA custom hardware in limited production levels for various vendors to include Northrop Grumman XonTech, ITT and MIT/LL. In addition, TSC is performing a lead engineering role in the legacy hardware interface design, fabrication and installation for the four MPS-25 systems at PMRF. The upgrade design is to maximize the use of commercial items and preclude long-term dependence on proprietary interface standards with impacts to intra-operability and upgradeability.