Accession Number : ADA304301

Title :   Tactical Aerospace C3I in Coming Years (Commandes, Pilotage, Communications, Renseignements Tactiques Aerospatiaux dans les Prochaines Annees).

Corporate Author : ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRAN CE)

PDF Url : ADA304301

Report Date : OCT 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 217

Abstract : The conference brought together representatives from MODs, manufacturers and academics from most of the Alliance countries. It demonstrated that major C3I developments for air forces are underway, particularly in the United States (Theatre Battle Management), in France (SCCOA) and at NATO (ACCS). These C3I systems combine all the real time (surveillance, air mission control), and deferred functions (force planning and management) at a very high level of complexity. In effect, they constitute 'system systems' and as such, justify the development of suitable methodologies. The problem is to organise, manage and control data flows between complex elements; tools are being developed around the programmes concerned. Quite the opposite to the top-down approach, the way in which commercially available hardware and software is integrated into C3I has been the subject of much discussion. Although interesting from the cost point of view, the use of off-the-shelf components presents a number of trade-off problems with regard to conformity to system specifications and invariably leads to a cost-efficiency analysis. From the technical point of view, the first applications of the real time fusion of complex data were presented: multiradar tracking, fusion of identification data, generation of situational displays with multiple aircraft and targets. A variety of methods were successfully applied. Finally, future developments will probably concentrate on: (1) the extensive use of digital data links, with a trend towards very wide bandwidths; (2) the real-time application of high resolution radar and optical sensors for observation of future theatres of operations; and (3) the introduction of decision making aids for ops. planning and air mission preparation. (AN)

Descriptors :   *COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, *IMAGE PROCESSING, *RADAR TRACKING, DATA BASES, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, NATO, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, SYMPOSIA, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, COST EFFECTIVENESS, REAL TIME, INTEROPERABILITY, TARGET RECOGNITION, OFF THE SHELF EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, PARALLEL PROCESSING, HIGH RESOLUTION, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, WAR GAMES, DATA FUSION, DATA DISPLAYS, TRADE OFF ANALYSIS, OPTICAL DETECTORS, DATA LINKS, DECISION AIDS, MULTISENSORS, TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, SEARCH RADAR, TACTICAL DATA SYSTEMS, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, IFF SYSTEMS, BATTLE MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Computer Programming and Software

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