Accession Number : ADA194498

Title :   Computers in Weapons Systems: A Look at the F-15.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Pinter, Michael W

PDF Url : ADA194498

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : The advance in computer technology has allowed more memory and processing capacity in smaller, more reliable packages. Modern weapons systems are requiring this extra computer memory and processing capacity to succeed on the modern battlefield. This report uses the F-15 aircraft as an example of the computer memory and processing capacity growth in a modern weapons system. The same growth can be expected to continue in the next generation of fighter aircraft. This report also looks at selected F-15 software update management procedures to make recommendations on how to produce more timely, better quality software updates. This report reviews the growing importance of computers in modern weapons systems. It also looks at the computer memory and processing capacity growth experienced in the F-15 radar and central computer. Future tactical aircraft weapons systems can be expected to experience similar growth. However, advancing computer technology may allow significant spare memory and processing capacity to be available for incorporation into next generation fighter aircraft. Therefore, proper planning for spare memory and computer costly computer hardware upgrades to these systems. Finally, this report examines current F-15 software update management procedures.

Descriptors :   *CENTRAL PROCESSING UNITS, *FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, *WEAPON SYSTEMS, AIRCRAFT, BATTLEFIELDS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, COMPUTERS, GROWTH(GENERAL), MANAGEMENT, MEMORY DEVICES, PROCESSING, QUALITY, REPORTS, SPARE PARTS, TACTICAL AIRCRAFT, TACTICAL WEAPONS

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE