Tactical Cross Domain Solution (TACDS)

Enabling Secure Cross Domain Information Sharing at the Tactical Edge

TACDS® is General Dynamics' tactical cross domain solution (CDS) that enables information and communications to be shared and transmitted across different security domains in austere tactical environments. TACDS is a Low Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWaP-C), rugged, tamper-resistant CDS that comes in two form factors, TACDS-Vehicle Mount (VM) and TACDS-Low Profile (LP). The flexibility and configurability of both form factors make them ideal for use in ground vehicles, mobile shelters, ground sensor systems, ships, aircraft and UAVs.

Achieve Confidence in Your Digital World™ with our architecture, integration and certification professional services designed to provide secure transmission of communications and information, and rapidly enhance cross domain capabilities for mission success.

On-Demand Webinar: Enabling Secure Cross Domain Information Sharing at the Tactical Edge

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Meets NSA's Phase 1 Raise the Bar Requirements

Lowest SWaP-C Tactical Hardware CDS in Production Today

Secret and Below Interoperability (SABI) Certified

Supports Dozens of Tactical Message Formats

See It In Action

Webinar: Raising the Bar and Setting the Record Straight on Tactical Cross Domain Solutions

Check out our webinar with TACDS® Technical Director, Sean McGaughey, and Solutions Architect, Tom Triebwasser, discussing the evolution of cross domain communications in the tactical battlespace and how utilizing a CDS specifically designed for tactical missions can act as a force multiplier in today’s fight.

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TACDS® executes programmable rule sets that filter information, allowing individual messages or data fields within them to be selectively passed, blocked or changed. This innovative method ensures data security on both networks and automates the “man in the middle” screening of message exchanges thereby accelerating communications and reducing human error.

Ease of Use

  • Raise the Bar Compliant filters include: VMF, Configurable Binary, XML, SNMP, ICMP, MISD-C2, Full Motion Video, Link16/JREAP-C, USMTF, STANAG 4586, Google Protobuf, FDMP, SMTP, FTP
  • Architecture design allows Plug and Play filter components for multiple message formats
  • Additional filters roadmap includes development of DDS, JPEG2000
  • Custom filter components available upon request
  • User programmable rule sets
  • Autonomous screening of message exchanges; no operator required

Robust Security Architecture

  • Hardware enforced domain separation
  • Separate high and low data ports
  • 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 management port


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 warfighters serving in today's tactical environment. With its broad capabilities, TACDS is specifically designed for diverse applications on the modern battlefield, including:

TACDS Applications

Situational Awareness logo

Situational Awareness (SA) and Command & Control (C2)

Real Time Maintenance logo

Real-Time Condition Based Maintenance

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Real-Time ISR Data Collection & Dissemination

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     Unmanned Vehicle Control           

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      Coalition Interoperability             

  • Variable Message Format (VMF) Messages
  • SA & C2 Data
  • Position/Location Information (PLI)
  • Vehicle Health & Status Monitoring
  • Remote Maintenance & Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Fuel & Ammunition Level Monitoring
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Video
  • Unmanned Ground Sensors
  • Remote Sensor Video
  • Every Soldier as 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 SA & C2
  • ISR Video Collaboration


TACDS Datasheets

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TACDS-VM Dimensions 7 in. x 4 in. x 1.75 in.
TACDS-LP Dimensions 7.6 in x 5 in. x 1.6 in.
Weight 1.75 lb
Power 12-33 VDC, 9 watts
Reliability Predicted MTBF ≥150,000 hours
Network Ports
  • 10 / 100 Ethernet
  • RS-232
  • USB Management Port
Protocols Supported
  • TCP, UDP
  • Unicast, Multicast, Broadcast
  • IPv4, IPv6

Message type and size dependent

Environmental Operational Temperature: -40 °C to 70 °C
Storage Temperature: -51 °C to 85 °C
Operational Altitude: 0 - 65,000 ft. above sea level
Mechanical Shock: 40g, 11 msec, each axis
Vibration: Tracked and Wheeled Vehicle, Fixed & Rotary Wing Aircraft, Gunfire
Fluid Contaminations: Diesel, Hydraulic, Oil, Bleach
Relative Humidity: 10-95%
EMI/EMC: MIL-STD-461F, RE102, CE102, CS101, CS114, CS115, CS116, RS103
Power: 28 VDC, MIL-STD-1275E, MIL-STD-704F



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General Dynamics Releases TACDS v3 Cross Domain Solution to Meet NCDSMO Raise the Bar Guidelines

February 13, 2020

TACDS-v3 meets the security requirements to connect networks at different classification levels across varying domains for the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.

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.

Decrease time to action & provide assured communications

In this datasheet, you can learn how TACDS enables Joint Forward Observers and Forward Observers to communicate across security domains with the U.S. Army, Joint, and Coalition Fires Support Elements.

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