Accession Number : ADA258360

Title :   Joint Stars, Success in the Desert, What Next?

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Carlson, Douglas M.

Report Date : APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Joint STARS may be simply described as an upside-down Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) which provides a ground display of an entire battlefield. Of course, there is more to it. There are several main components of Joint STARS. The first is the ground mapping radar which is carried and controlled on a modified Boeing 707. The radar has two primary modes. The moving target indicator (MTI) detects vehicles which are moving in a certain speed range. The synthetic aperature radar (SAR) provides a ground 'picture' capable of discriminating specific items such as vehicles, buildings, and aircraft, but without highlighting moving targets. The MTI can be directed to scan an area of several hundred kilometers in what is called wide area surveillance or smaller sectors whose dimensions are selectable. The second main component is the ground station module (GSM). This is the main Joint STARS data receiver. It is carried on a 5-ton truck (3:9). With the GSM, the ground commander can task the airborne system operators to search a particular area, and he can get an answer almost immediately. The primary means of sending requests and data is via the third main system component, the Surveillance and Control Data Link (SCDL).

Descriptors :   *AIRBORNE WARNING AND CONTROL SYSTEM, *DATA DISPLAYS, *BATTLEFIELDS, *WIDE ANGLES, MOVING TARGET INDICATORS, VIEWERS, SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR, DATA LINKS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, ARMY PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE