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JADS/Joint Stars End-To-End Test is an Outstanding Success

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KIRKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, NM - The Joint Advanced Distributed Simulation JADS Joint Test Force JTF announced that the live test missions flown on 25 and 31 March 1999 achieved outstanding success and completed the fourth and final phase of the JADS End-To-End ETE Test. The ETE Test was designed to evaluate the utility of advanced distributed simulation ADS, including distributed interactive simulation DIS, for both developmental and operational test and evaluation of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence C4I systems. The ETE Test consisted of four phases 1 development of the synthetic environment, 2 developmental and operational testing in the laboratory, 3 transition to the prime mission equipmentaircraft, and 4 two live test missions using ADS to populate the battlespace with thousands of threat vehicles and then link friendly C4Iweapon system co-actors. The C4I system used in the ETE Test was a Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveiliance Target Attack Radar System Joint STARS. The E-8C aircraft, flown by the Joint STARS Joint Test Force based in Melbourne, Florida, was equipped with an onboard radar processing simulation and integrator called the Virtual Surveillance Target Attack Radar System VS TARS that was designed and built by the prime contractor, Northrop Grumman, together with Lockheed Martin and Motorola under a JADS contract During the live test mission, VSTARS, while running concuxrently with the E-8Cs radar, accepted virtual target information from a Janus war game scenario generator remotely located at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico Information was sent over a standardized DIS network and radio frequency linked to the aircraft via a satellite communications SATCOM link. VSTARS then converted the data elements into vjrtual radar reports and seamlessly combined them with live target information the E-8Cs radar was collecting from a 1st Cavalry Divis

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  • Aircraft
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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