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TACDS – Tactical Cross Domain Solution

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.

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Product Details


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

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


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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Phone: 937-723-2001

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


General Dynamics Expands Cyber Security Offerings with Advatech Pacific Cross-Domain Products

May 3, 2017

General Dynamics Mission Systems has acquired the Electronics and Communications Division of Advatech Pacific that designs and manufactures tactical, cyber-secure and cross-domain products for the U.S. Department of Defense and international military customers. The TACDS™ and CenturionCDS™ products will join the company’s Cyber Security Product line.

Military & Aerospace: Data In Demand - Answering The Call For Communications

September 14, 2016

An article in Military & Aerospace Electronics featured an interview with William Cannon, director of the Electronics & Communications (EC) Business Unit of Advatech Pacific on the company's TACDS tactical cross domain product. "Most warfighters don't have security clearance," explains Mr. Cannon. "Taking information at the secret level down to individual combatants means you have to cross that security communications boundary."

Armor & Mobility Magazine: Secure Information To The Tactical Edge

September/October 2016 Edition - Page 15

Armor & Mobility spoke with Mr. William Cannon, a Director at Advatech Pacific. Mr. Cannon discussed the capabilities of Advatech Pacific’s Tactical Cross-Domain Solution (TACDS™) which enables the automated exchange of tactical information between security domains and is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of warfighters at the Tactical Edge.

TACDS™ Supports Full Motion Video

June 23, 2014

Full motion video can now be moved across security boundaries in tactical military systems thanks to enhancements to Advatech Pacific’s tactical cross domain solution TACDS. TACDS uses an innovative approach to verify all of the metadata (non-viewable extra information alongside the video), to make decisions about the video based on the metadata and to disrupt any covert channels within the (viewable) video data. TACDS is also capable of moving multiple standard or high definition video streams simultaneously with little added latency.

TACDS™ Added to UCDMO Baseline List

October 9, 2012

A bi-directional low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) Tactical Cross Domain Solution (CDS) developed by Advatech Pacific, Inc. has been added to the Unified Cross Domain Management Office (UCDMO) Baseline List of Validated Solutions. TACDS has undergone full National Security Agency (NSA) certification through the US Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM). Additionally, TACDS was evaluated in the US Army’s 12.2 Network Integration Exercise (NIE) and was in use in NIE 13.1.