Bringing Safe, Secure Information Sharing to the Tactical Edge

TACDS™ is a tactical cross domain solution that enables information sharing across different security domains in tactical vehicles, aircraft and dismounted solider systems. TACDS provides a low cost, small Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP), rugged, tamper-resistant cross domain solution that is ideal for almost any vehicle, mobile shelter, ground sensor system, aircraft or UAV.

  • Operationally proven
  • NSA certified for Secret and Below Interoperability
  • On the UCDSMO Baseline Control List

General Dynamics acquired Advatech Pacific’s tactical cross domain products and technology in April 2017.

Product Details


TACDS supports a wide variety of tactical deployments and systems. TACDS can process numerous mission-enabling tactical data and message formats to provide instant, secure access to real-time information for all warfighters on the battlefield. With its broad capabilities, TACDS is well suited for the diverse applications on the modern battlefield, including:

TACDS Applications

Situational Awareness and Command & Control Real-Time Condition Based Maintenance Real-Time Video & ISR Data Collection & Dissemination Unmanned Vehicle Control Coalition Interoperability
  • VMF Messages
  • SA & C2 Data
  • Position/Location Information (PLI)
  • MEDEVAC Information
  • Link-16/JREAP
  • Vehicle Health & Status Monitoring
  • Remote Maintenance & Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Fuel & Ammunition Level Monitoring
  • UAV Video
  • Unmanned Ground Sensors
  • Remoter Sensor Video
  • Every Soldier is a Sensor
  • Vehicle-mounted Cameras
  • Soldier-carried Cameras
  • STANAG 4586 - UAV Platform and Payload Control
  • Cursor on Target (COT)
  • STANAG 3277 - Air Reconnaissance
  • Text Based Sensor Cueing Messages
  • STANAG 4677
  • Realtime C2 & SA
  • ISR Video Collaboration


Customer Support / Purchasing Information

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TACDS was added to the Unified Cross Domain Management Office (UCDMO) Baseline List of Validated Solutions in October 2012.


TACDS works by executing programmable rule sets that filter information (messages), allowing individual messages or data fields within them to be selectively passed, blocked, or changed. This method ensures data security on both networks and automates the need for time consuming “man in the middle” screening of message exchanges.

Ease of Use

  • Pluggable filter components for multiple message formats including: VMF, XML, KLV-FMV, and Binary
  • Custom filter components available upon request
  • User programmable rule sets
  • Autonomous; no operator required

Robust Security Architecture

  • Hardware enforced domain separation
  • Separate high and low data ports
  • FIPS 140-2 Level 4 anti-tamper with device zeroization built-in
  • Full audit logging of all system, security, and message events
  • Encrypted storage of rule sets and audit logs
  • Secure boot and trusted platform verification upon power up
  • Authenticated, role-based device administration through separate management port

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TACDS Datasheet

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Dimensions 7 in. x 4 in. x 1.75 in.
Weight 1.75 lb
Power 12-33 VDC, 9 watts
Reliability and Maintainability Predicted MTBF ≥150,000 hours
Predicted MTTR 10 mins
Network Ports 10 / 100 Ethernet
USB Management Port
Protocols Supported TCP, UDP
Unicast, Multicast, Broadcast
IPv4, IPv6
Throughput/Latency2 12 Mbps for KLV Full Motion Video streams (4 SD or 2 HD 720p video streams)
Up to 400 messages per second for typical VMF messages
Typical latency ≤ 10 msec for typical VMF messages
Environmental Operating Temperature: -40 °C to 70 °C
Storage Temperature: -51 °C to 85 °C
Operational Altitude: 0 - 15,000 Ft above sea level, 0 - 60,000 Ft above sea level 1
Mechanical Shock: 40g, 11 msec, each axis
Gunfire Shock: 5g, 20 msec, each axis
Ballistic Shock: 4,000g each axis
Vibration: Tracked & Wheeled Vehicle, Fixed & Rotary Wing Aircraft, and Gunfire Profiles
Fluid Contamination: Diesel, Hydraulic, Oil, Bleach
Relative Humidity: 10-95%
Rain / Immersion / Ice / Freezing Rain: MIL-STD-810G, Methods 506.5, 512.5, 521.3
EMI/EMC: MIL-STD-461F, RE102, CE102, CS101, CS114, CS115, CS116, RS103
Power: 28 VDC, MIL-STD-1275D, MIL-STD-704F
1Special order; contact sales for quote
2 Message type, size and rule set dependant