EVALUATION OF THE A-BETA TRACKER FOR USE WITH THE AIRBORNE TACTICAL DATA SYSTEM.
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The report outlines a study whose purpose was to improve the performance of the Airborne Tactical Data System tracker, a part of the E-2A aircraft. This aircraft is designed to provide airborne early warning and automated control of intercepts. Two types of smoothing were considered for the tracker 1 the existing smoothing system, and 2 a proposed alpha-beta smoothing system. Differences in performance of the two systems are small, but the alpha-beta tracker requires less storage space in the computer and offers greater flexibility than does the smoothing scheme which is presently mechanized. As a result of the study, a new alpha-beta tracker was developed which can perform significantly better than the existing tracker, provided the operator is capable of a higher degree of involvement in tracking maneuvering targets. Author