- BAMS Mission Control System - Naval Air Station Jacksonville
The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Mission Control System (MCS) is a multicomponent project that supports the BAMS unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and P‐8A aircraft platforms. On the first floor, the P-8A Tactical Operations Center (TOC) includes a large sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) with areas for intelligence analysis, planning and operations, as well as briefing and conference rooms and secured servers. The second-floor BAMS MCS is also constructed as a SCIF and houses many of the same functions as the TOC, along with a 7,500-square-foot TEMPEST-constructed space housing the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Flight Operations Center and Ground Control Stations (GCS) for the Triton MQ-4C, a dedicated server room and mission brief/debrief rooms.
A complex antenna array is on the roof, with an innovative manifold connecting antenna cabling to the shielded MCS spaces. A remotely located BAMS Earth Station dish antenna, with connectivity, was also provided, as well as extensive newly installed fiber cable to and from multiple dispersed and remote facilities on a highly congested Navy installation. Structural design considerations included concrete foundations and structural steel framing, as well as multidisciplinary compliance with antiterrorism standards. The MCS portion on the second floor is enclosed in electromagnetic shielding consisting of welded sheet steel. The entire facility is designed to withstand 155-mph winds in accordance with Florida Building Code requirements for hurricane shelters to permit continuous occupancy during storms.