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Space System Applications to Tactical Operations.
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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The advances in space technology and systems during the two past decades have led to the availability of resources which can contribute to increased combat capability and efficiency in tactical military operations. Military communications satellites such as NATO and SKYNET series and the US COMBATS have demonstrated their effectiveness as elements of military command and control systems. The various weather satellites permit more accurate and more timely weather forecasting and have become important to all military operations. The 18 Satellite Global Positioning System which is currently under development may revolutionize weapon system navigation and guidance over the next decade. The importance of space assets in supporting tactical operations is gradually becoming better appreciate by the leaders of the RD community and by military leaders in the NATO countries. However, the full potential of these systems has not yet been realized. The intent of this symposium is to bring into focus and to characterize the attributes of space systems which contribute to the effectiveness of tactical military operations. THe objectives of the meeting are as follows Provide an overview of tactical needs which are effectively addressed by space systems. Characterize the various existing and potential space systems with emphasis on those attributes which are most related to tactical needs. Assess the advantages and limitations of space systems in supporting combat operations. Investigate the interaction of space assets with ground and mobile resources and consequent operational issues. Discuss future trends in space technology and their relationship to evolving combat needs.
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