Accession Number : ADA326103

Title :   The Integration of Situational Awareness Beacon with Reply (SABER) with the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS).

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Byrd, Valerie R.

PDF Url : ADA326103

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : In 1992, The Joint Requirements Oversight Council validated a combat identification mission need statement. In support of the requirement for system interoperability, this thesis proposes a concept of operations for integrating two systems, Situational Awareness Beacon with Reply (SABER) and the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS). SABER is a program initiated by Naval Space Command to provide real time combat identification (CID) to the tactical user. It uses UHF satellite communications technology in conjunction with the Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide positioning information for up to 500 users. EPLRS is a situational awareness program used extensively by the U. S. Army to support tactical battlefield operations. In addition to providing automatic friendly identification of EPLRS-equipped units, it has a communications capability that allows for the passage of intelligence and targeting data, messages, and status reports. However, EPLRS operates in a line of sight mode only and uses military grid reference coordinates vice OPS for positional information. The integration of SABER and EPLRS has the potential to serve a major role in the armed services' common goal of reduced fratricide. This thesis gives a detailed description of both systems, examines their individual capabilities and limitations, discusses the ways in which the two systems complement each other, and provides a recommended integrated concept of operations.

Descriptors :   *INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, *INTEROPERABILITY, *POSITION FINDING, *GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, *FRATRICIDE, LINE OF SIGHT, MILITARY OPERATIONS, REQUIREMENTS, POSITION(LOCATION), WARFARE, REAL TIME, COMBAT SUPPORT, BATTLEFIELDS, THESES, REDUCTION, IDENTIFICATION, GRIDS(COORDINATES), MISSIONS, SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, USER NEEDS, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, TARGETING, TACTICAL WARFARE, AWARENESS, ULTRAHIGH FREQUENCY, FRIENDLY FIRE.

Subject Categories : Target Direction, Range and Position Finding

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