Some times, late at night, I just go with a stream of conscious Google Search to see where it takes me.
Well, last night – it definitely was a trip down a Rabbit Hole.
As some of you may know, I worked with Project Trojan as a Defense Contractor, specializing in Satellite Communications. During that time, we fielded a specialized system called TATERS.
I LOVE IT.
So what is TATERS you may ask?
AN/TSQ-191 TROJAN Air Transportable Electronic Reconnaissance System (TATERS)
The TROJAN Air Transportable Electronic Reconnaissance System (TATERS) program draws heavily on the technology previously fielded in the TROJAN program and as such relies on Non-Developmental Items (NDI) equipment for integration into its subsystems. The equipment used in the TATERS system is commercial off-the-shelf and build to print. TATERS has a modular design consisting of four subsystems, and each subsystem resides in a separate shelter.
The four subsystems are:
- Common Hardware Intelligence Processing Subsystem (CHIPS); Receiver Group, OR-366/TSQ-191(V).
- Satellite Communications INTELSAT/DSCS Nodal Subsystem (SCINS); Communications Subsystem, OZ-73/TSQ-191(V).
- Primary Electrical Equipment Life Support (PEELS); Power Plant, Electric, PU-812/TSQ-191(V).
- Temporary Occupancy Troop Shelter (TOTS); Shelter, Non-expandable, S-792/TSQ-191(V).
In June 1990, HQDA tasked the SIFO to develop the TATERS system, nomenclatured AN/TSQ-191(V), Acquisition System, Signal Data, which would provide a worldwide, forward-deployed configuration capable of a quick-reaction response to low-to-high intensity conflicts and counternarcotics applications. To minimize training requirements, TATERS would utilize the monitoring and detection technology already proven in the TROJAN system, and be compatible with the present TROJAN communications architecture. Mission requirements may dictate TATERS deployment to remote locations such as mountain tops in order to achieve line-of-sight positioning. Consequently, TATERS must operate in harsh environments and must be self-sufficient for extended periods of time. TATERS is air transportable on the C-130 and can be slingloaded on the CH-47.
What makes this particularly cool – With all my exhaustive searching, I have never found any pictures of this system…..other than the ones that I took of the SKINS portion.