It is important for you, as a signal officer, to know the means of
accomplishing tactical multichannel communications. You need to know
the different components used and how these components, placed in
certain configurations, accomplish specific missions.
You need to
know how to plan overall layouts of a multichannel system, including
location of sites, choice of equipment, and frequency assignment.
This subcourse will assist you in understanding the principles of
various configurations, and how to plan the assemblages of a
Lesson 1 describes the components and their
capabilities. Lesson 2 discusses the concepts used for planning and
assigning multichannel equipment to a division network.
PART A - COMPONENTS AND CAPABILITIES
communications capability for the Army in the field.
It employs a
These assemblages provide secure and
nonsecure transmission paths and terminal equipment for command and
to corps level, the equipment may be configured to meet common user,
sole user, or special purpose needs for all types of field
organizations through the theater level.
provides for secure and nonsecure high quality transmission paths,
circuit and message switching, and a means to terminate these
(assemblages) from a variety of components, the system provides C2
This equipment also
provides communications support to units throughout the theater area.
There are four groups of ATACS multichannel
subsystems. The assemblage categories are: