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DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS AND EDP FOR AN ADVANCED TACTICAL AIR CONTROL SYSTEM: A PRELIMINARY STUDY
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The discussion outlines some characteristics of the present Tactical Air Control System, highlights some difficulties that might occur with the introduction of digital data processing into the system, and suggests means of avoiding these difficulties. A three-phase program of equipment acquisition is outlined. The concept described has potential for very broad application. Possible areas of utility include air traffic control, ground control of attack aircraft forward air controller to aircraft, request nets for all aspects of preplanned and immediate air support, and so forth. A coded message concept for an Advanced Tactical Air Control System is illustrated by discussing its application in the context of immediate requests for close air support.
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