Accession Number : ADA441466

Title :   Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Aerial Targets

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Delaney, William P. ; Williams, Michael

PDF Url : ADA441466

Report Date : OCT 2005

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : The Defense Science Board Task Force on Aerial Targets was convened in December 2004 to assess the future (2005 to 2020) needs for aerial targets for developmental and operational testing and for training of air defense systems against air-breathing threats. Ballistic missile threats and targets were not part of the Task Force charter. The aerial targets involve full-scale aircraft, subsonic and supersonic cruise missiles, rotary wing vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Ground systems and on-board instruments that control the targets are also relevant. Testing and training against aerial targets involves roughly 750 flights per year using 10 different targets. About 200 of these flights result in the destruction of the target, so a substantial development and procurement program is in place, involving about $220 million funding per year. The Task Force found four areas of concern in its review of the future needs for targets and control systems out to the year 2020: * The need for a new full-scale aircraft target. * The dire need for several types of supersonic targets to represent existing anti-ship cruise missile threats. * The need for migration to a future common control system across the services, so that all services could test on all major ranges. * The need for a more centralized and focused aerial targets management structure in OSD.

Descriptors :   *TASK FORCES, *AERIAL TARGETS, TEST AND EVALUATION, AIR DEFENSE, GUIDED MISSILES, DESTRUCTION, CRUISE MISSILES, INSTRUMENTATION, SUPERSONIC CHARACTERISTICS, AIR BREATHING, SUBSONIC FLIGHT, ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT, ONBOARD, MILITARY TRAINING, SUPERSONIC FLIGHT, ANTISHIP MISSILES, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, GROUND LEVEL, CONTROL SYSTEMS, THREATS

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Target Direction, Range and Position Finding

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE