Accession Number:

ADA399443

Title:

Program Overview of the Multi-Spectral Sensor Surveillance System (M4S)

Descriptive Note:

Conference Proceedings

Corporate Author:

RAYTHEON TI SYSTEMS INC SAN JOSE CA

Report Date:

1998-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Over the years a great deal of multi-sensor fusion research has been conducted. While the potential military value of such research is considered high, there have been few fielded examples in the tactical arena. The objective of the Multi-Spectral Sensor Surveillance System M4S program is to transition high-payoff, low risk multi-sensor fusion technology from the research and development phase into practical user-oriented systems applications. The primary application focus of M4S is toward a robust and highly integrated autonomous littoral surveillance capability for either manned or unmanned surveillance aircraft. Sensor data from various organic, i.e. on-board, sensors as well as off-board sources is used to provide superior battlespace awareness. Specific operational payoffs from M4S include reduced manning requirements, improved detection, classification, and geo-location accuracy, and reduced prosecution timelines against timecritical targets. This objective and focus has led to the selection of a suite of notional sensors and a data fusion architecture consistent with the limited space and computational capabilities of airborne platforms. The four non-developmental organic sensors chosen for M4S include the PLAID ESM system, ANAPS-137B V 5 synthetic aperture radar, ANAAQ-49 passive mid-wave FLIR, and a coherent CO2 LIDAR vibration sensor. The distributed data fusion architecture, which includes closed loop control of the above on-board sensors, is implemented using Pentium class microprocessors and the Windows NT operating system. All internal communications between system components is provided by a Multipoint Messaging System MMS, which provides information flow control via an ask-answer messaging protocol. Use of MMS has aided system integration and provides a plug-and-play capability for new or additional sensors.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE