Accession Number : ADA115065

Title :   Impact of Advanced Avionics Technology on Ground Attack Weapon Systems.

Descriptive Note : Conference proceedings.


PDF Url : ADA115065

Report Date : Feb 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 149

Abstract : In the event of a conflict, the main concerns of NATO will be to overcome heavy enemy armor thrusts, to disorganize enemy command and control centers, to destroy their storage depots, and to make their airfields unserviceable. Air-to-ground tactical operations will have a high degree of priority and will be conducted by day, night, and in adverse weather. The solution to these mission requirements will comprise a number of interdependent operational segments involving a wide range of advanced technologies; the present symposium will concentrate upon the ground attack aircraft and its weapons. Tactical aircraft involved in air-to-ground missions will fly at very low altitude over enemy territory to avoid counter air-defense, and will operate in severe jamming conditions. For this reason, an autonomous capability to detect and attack the targets will be highly desirable. In addition, several tasks will have to be performed simultaneously viz: navigation, flight at low altitude, target detection, recognition and fire control. The choice between twin and single seat aircraft to acomplish the mission is still controversial. The single seat aircraft will require a high degree of automation to alleviate pilot workload. Autonomous operations conducted by day, night, and in adverse weather are associated with a high degree of automation, requiring sensors with high performance and a large data and signal processing capacity. These lead to Avionics packages of which the weight, volume and power consumption have tended to preclude their introduction into tactical aircraft of moderate size.

Descriptors :   *Attack aircraft, *Avionics, Technology forecasting, NATO, Weapon system effectiveness, Tactical air support, NATO, Symposia, France, Attack, Air to surface, Air strikes, Terrain avoidance, Low altitude

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE