Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS)

The Gold Standard for Airspace C2 and ATS Requirements

The AN/TSQ-221 Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS), is a mobile, airspace management system providing combined air-ground operational environment management based on joint service and information system inputs. It is the Army's system of record for the integration and synchronization of Airspace Command and Control (AC2) and Air Traffic Services (ATS) within the Army Battle Command System (ABCS) System of Systems (SoS). A digitized Battlefield Automated System (BAS), TAIS provides situational awareness of friendly and enemy air activity and is interoperable with joint, coalition, and civil aviation forces. It is currently employed by the United States Army in every theater of operation.

TAIS provides automated AC2 planning, enhanced AC2 execution, and improved enroute Air Traffic Services support across the range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict to synchronize and integrate operations in the third dimension of the battlefield. TAIS also provides civil and government inter-agency capabilities and a direct link to the Theater Air Ground System (TAGS) through interface with the Joint Force Air Component Commander's (JFACC) automated airspace planning and communication systems.

TAIS is directly responsive to command-level operations organizations (S-3/G-3). The TAIS system is co-located with the command and control element at the main command post for Army corps and divisions, and with Army air traffic services units organic to aviation units from brigade to theater levels. The system coordinates use of the battlefield airspace for the purpose of supporting force operations in a force projection role, while minimizing fratricide through improved operational environment synchronization including non-automated airspace users and aircraft.

TAIS Variants

The Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS) comes in two variants: single-user portable workstations and the shelter-mounted vehicle ("Full" TAIS). The AN/FSQ-211, or TAIS Airspace Work Station (AWS), is a portable computer system that hosts the TAIS mission software. The AWS provides a single operator position and relies on external support for air track information and communications connectivity. TAIS AWS are located at every level in the Army from Brigade Combat Team and supporting brigades to theater echelons.

The AN/TSQ-221, or "Full" TAIS, is a slightly modified Standard Army Shelter (SAS) mounted on an Expanded Capacity Vehicle (ECV) - High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The system consists of one TAIS shelter vehicle towing a trailer-mounted tactical generator, and one cargo HMMWV for transporting TAIS personnel and equipment such as camouflage and ground support equipment. TAIS is designed to be roll-on, roll-off capable. It can be airlifted by medium-lift helicopters and is transportable by C130 aircraft. The heart of the TAIS system is the mission computers containing unique, powerful TAIS software optimized for the AC2 and ATS missions.