Accession Number:

ADA164775

Title:

The Ground Surveillance and Control Elements of the Tactical Air Control System (TACS) with Modular Control Equipment

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-06-07

Pagination or Media Count:

102.0

Abstract:

The TACS provides the Tactical Air Forces TAF Commander the capability to direct and control tactical air assets. The system is highly flexible and may be employed in support of a unified command, Joint Task Force JTF, as an augmentation resource or as an independent element. This thesis focused on the ground surveillance and control elements of the TACS. The elements of the ground TACS are Control and Reporting Center CRC, Control and Reporting Post CRP, Message Processing Center MPC, and Forward Air Control Post FACP. This study examined the capability of Modular Control Equipment MCE, envisioned to replace the CRC, CRP, MPC, and FACP, to improve command and control provided by the TACS. The investigation revealed that the ground surveillance and control equipment in the TACS is deficient and no longer provides the deployment and employment capabilities required by the Tactical Air Forces TAF Commander. Modular Control Equipment would eliminate these deficiencies and improve command and control provided by the TACS. MCE satisfies all of the requirements specified in USAF ROC 8-75A Improved Forward Air Control Post and TAF Statement of Need 316-80 Improved Surveillance and Control System. In addition, the Air Force is tasked to provide Close Air Support CAS, Battlefield Air Interdiction BAI, and Air Interdiction AI support to the Army Commander. Research and development efforts indicate that a Ground Attack Control Center GACC capability can be produced using MCE as the hardware baseline.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE