TACDS-Vehicle Mount (VM)

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 comes in two form factors: TACDS-Vehicle Mount (VM) and TACDS-Low Profile (LP).

TACDS-Vehicle Mount (VM) is a small Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWaP-C), tamper-resistant CDS that is idea for almost any vehicle, mobile shelter, ground sensory system, aircraft or unmanned vehicle system (UVS). TACDS-VM is ruggedized and has been proven in numerous military exercises, demonstrations and operations. 

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Meets NSA's Phase 1 Raise the Bar Requirements

Lowest SWaP-C Tactical Hardware CDS in Production Today

Supports Dozens of Tactical Message Formats

TACDS Low Profile (LP) Features

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Authorized for both Secret and Below Interoperability (SABI) and Top Secret and Below Interoperability (TSABI) applications, 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 eliminates the need for time consuming, advanced data filtering.

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

RTB Compliant Filters

  • HD Full Motion Video with KLV metadata
  • Configurable XML
  • Configurable Protobuf
  • Configurable Binary
  • MIL-STD 6017 -/A/B/C VMF
  • MIL-STD 6016 Link 16/MIL-STD 3011 JREAP-C
  • STANAG 4586 Payload/Platform Control
  • SNMP
  • ICMP
  • MISD-C2
  • PNC
  • FTP
  • SMTP
  • FDMP

TACDS Vehicle Mount (VM) Datasheet

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TACDS-VM Dimensions 7 in. x 4 in. x 1.75 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




Is TACDS Easy To Use?

TACDS can be mounted on a platform and is very easy to use, install and operate. TACDS Filter Components are each designed to be customizable by the end customer in their application through a set of configuration files, security policy rulesets, and data format descriptions that can modify the behavior of the Filter Component without changing any of the filter software code itself. There are no special CDS ruleset customization tools required.

With no user input points or displays, TACDS can be installed in access limited locations. Once configured for a mission, there is no user interaction required for normal operation.



What is Raise-the-Bar Strategy?

Raise the Bar is a strategy for improving cross domain solution security and capabilities from a design, development, assessment, implementation, and use perspective. Raise the Bar is intended to apply to and address improving the cybersecurity of all cross domain solutions used to protect U.S. Government classified information and all cross domain solutions being sold for export.



Is TACDS a Controlled Product?

TACDS is not subject to handling and custody restrictions like a Controlled Cryptographic Item (CCI), and it is an unclassified device until connected to a classified network. The device does not store any user message data. There is no classification guide required for the product or any of its internal components.

TACDS is a TRL9 commercial product and is 100% developed by General Dynamics Mission Systems. The product line is wholly delivered and serviced by General Dynamics Mission Systems (hardware, software, training, integration, and repair/return warranty/non-warranty repairs).

TACDS is ITAR-controlled and subject to some export-related controls, as a defense-related article. Please contact us with any questions or concerns related to the acquisition or application of TACDS.



What is the TACDS System Certification?

TACDS is a low risk, TRL 9, NSA-approved, National Cross Domain Strategy and Management Office (NCDSMO) assessed CDS that is easily adaptable to systems. TACDS v3 is also compliant to the latest NSA Raise The Bar (RTB) requirements. TACDS has been on the NCDSMO baseline approved list since 2012.

TACDS-VM and -LP v3 are TRL 9, in full rate production and accredited for operation on various types of platforms and integrated tactical networks across the DoD and Intel communities, as well as with Five Eyes (FVEY) international partners. 

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Does TACDS Support Multi-Domain Operations?

TACDS facilitates the DoD’s Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) doctrine. TACDS guarantees the integrity of mission critical data when transferred between security enclaves within and across operational domains. TACDS enables sharing between US networks, FVEY coalition networks, and military services during combined operations.

TACDS can process numerous mission-enabling tactical data and message formats to provide instant, secure access to real-time data convergence in an MDO environment and stimulate opportunities for improvement in speed of decision making. 

For additional information, please watch the webinar Next-Generation Information Sharing And Data Protection For The Multi-Domain Battle.



Is Training Available?

Yes, General Dynamics Mission Systems offers hands-on training covering installation, operations, administration, scripting, data format customization and maintenance. Training will allow customers to perform Rule Set customization at their discretion. A 4-day training class is available at our Scottsdale, AZ campus for up to 10 people. The training can also be available on-site at customer locations.

We also provide on-site and remote field support and application engineering services.



Customer Support / Purchasing Information

As a Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) item, all TACDS products, services and solutions are available for procurement directly from General Dynamics Mission Systems.

TACDS is also available for purchase through the U.S. Army’s Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5) IDIQ contract.


While you support the warfighter, we support you. Please contact us with any questions, if you need assistance or would like purchasing information.

Our team is here to help you, and we look forward to connecting.

For immediate assistance call 877-230-0236 or go to our Customer Support Center.



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