Accession Number : ADP006163

Title :   Air Force Tactical Decision Aid Development,

Corporate Author : GEOPHYSICS LAB (AFSC) HANSCOM AFB MA

Personal Author(s) : Hancock, James ; Kraus, Michael J.

Report Date : SEP 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) and Target, Acquisition Systems (TASs) allow greater stand-off ranges, increased accuracy, and higher kill probabilities than conventional bombing methods. They are also more sensitive to the environment. This increased environmental sensitivity led to the tasking of Air Weather Service, by the Tactical Air Forces: to provide weather support for PGMs and TASs. This support is based on Tactical Decision Aids (TDAs) that have been developed by Air Force Systems Command laboratories for Air Weather Service. Conventional weather support is not sufficient when forecasting for smart weapons. Target detection and recognition depends on the target and background characteristics, the intervening atmosphere, and the sensor characteristics. The TDA models these three factors for infrared (8-12 micrometer), TV, and 1.06 micro-meter laser designator systems. The TDA has been provided to Air Weather Service for operational use, but AFSC continues to produce upgraded versions with improved physics and expanded target, background, and sensor menus. Experience with the TDAs has been good, they have proven to be an effective, useful tool for planning and executing Air Force missions; but the challenge remains to provide the best, most effective tool possible, and to provide the most accurate and up-to-date environmental information in the target areas. The Air Force is addressing this requirement too.

Descriptors :   *DECISION AIDS, *PRECISION BOMBING, *TACTICAL WARFARE, WEATHER FORECASTING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS.

Subject Categories : Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE