Accession Number : AD0618129

Title :   EVALUATION OF THE A-BETA TRACKER FOR USE WITH THE AIRBORNE TACTICAL DATA SYSTEM.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL MISSILE CENTER POINT MUGU CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Dawson,D. A.

Report Date : 15 JUL 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : The report outlines a study whose purpose was to improve the performance of the Airborne Tactical Data System tracker, a part of the E-2A aircraft. This aircraft is designed to provide airborne early warning and automated control of intercepts. Two types of smoothing were considered for the tracker: (1) the existing smoothing system, and (2) a proposed alpha-beta smoothing system. Differences in performance of the two systems are small, but the alpha-beta tracker requires less storage space in the computer and offers greater flexibility than does the smoothing scheme which is presently mechanized. As a result of the study, a new alpha-beta tracker was developed which can perform significantly better than the existing tracker, provided the operator is capable of a higher degree of involvement in tracking maneuvering targets. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AIRCRAFT INTERCEPT CONTROL SYSTEMS, AIRBORNE), (*RADAR TRACKING, DIGITAL COMPUTERS), (*DIGITAL COMPUTERS, RADAR TRACKING), COMBAT INFORMATION CENTERS, AIRCRAFT INTERCEPTION, SEARCH RADAR, EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS, RADAR EQUIPMENT, AUTOMATIC, TRACKING, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE