Cerberus Upgrade Project

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[October 2014] The  Cerberus upgrade project is underway at EOIR’s RDT&E facility, combining the talents of SEPI employees from multiple divisions. At the Army’s request, EOIR is building 124 CERBERUS upgrade packages. The task requires electrical and mechanical engineering, electronic component integration, electronics and mechanical assembly, custom cabling, supply logistics, and coordination at various levels of project management to fabricate, assemble, test, inspect, pack and kit, and ship.

Throughout this process, the EOIR Cerberus team has worked closely with the on-site U.S. Army U.S. Army Night Vision
and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) Cerberus team to identify changes to the engineering specifications, propose solutions, troubleshoot hardware problems, document all changes, and adapt the deliverables to meet the needs of the Soldiers who will be installing the packages from various locations.

EOIR technicians and personnel supporting this program are experienced in CNC and conventional machining, precision grinding, sheet metal fabrication, welding, painting powder coating, water-jet machining, and laser cutter system operation.

EOIR has also supported validation efforts at Ft. Belvoir, VA; Crane, IN; and Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Each validation provided the NVESD Cerberus team with installation procedures, tooling requirements, Technical Data Package (TDP) documentation verification, functional testing, and Field Service Representative (FSR) training. The EOIR Cerberus team has met critical rapid response schedule milestones and provided deliverables on schedule.

Cerberus is a suite of Commercial and Government Off-the-Shelf (COTS/GOTS) stand-off detection and assessment sensors integrated to provide a “beyond-the-fence” multi-mission capability for Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target Acquisition (RSTA) and Force Protection (FP). Each Cerberus variant employs multiple Electro-Optical (EO) and Radio Frequency (RF) sensor technologies to afford the Warfighter flexibility in a variety of terrains, threats, and missions.

Multiple towers have the ability to be netted for command, control, and/or observation to a Common Operating Picture (COP) for superior situational awareness. Networking multiple towers allows an operator and/or varying command levels to observe the area of observation through an easily understood display. Video, alarm, and assessment data are presented on the display automatically through data overlay and window pop-ups. Cerberus is produced in a variety of configurations to meet mission requirements for stand-off range and tactical mobility.

EOIR has provided critical engineering, logistics, and technical support to NVESD’s Cerberus program for many years. We have supported all aspects of this program, including design and development of the original Cerberus system; development of enhancements and variants; and deployments to provide field service technical, maintenance, and training support. EOIR engineers and technicians supported the integration of the system’s sensor package, power generator, and user interfaces into an autonomous system. Our team integrated these components into a system that uses tower-mounted sensors, ground surveillance radar, and thermal/day cameras and can be integrated with unattended ground sensors to extend the eyes and ears of the Warfighter to a wireless display. Working closely with NVESD, we enhanced the Cerberus system’s scalability, modularity, and field performance.

EOIR employees working on-site at the NVESD shop possess expertise in a variety of industry software for mechanical and electrical design and have provided critical functions to this facility in its support of NVESD, partner organizations, and the DoD community at large for over 15 years.