Distributed Weapons: Sea Strike Human Systems Integration in Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System Development
Conference paper 17-18 Mar 2004
PROGRAM EXECUTIVE OFFICE PATUXENT RIVERMD STRIKE WEAPONS AND UNMANNED AVIATION
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In February 1997, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations identified the need for quick reaction Tactical Tomahawk mission planning onboard Tomahawk Firing Units FRUs. Other significant capabilities identified for next generation Tomahawk included the ability to redirect an in-flight missile, loiter a missile to allow quick reaction re-planning and provide Battle Damage Indication and Imagery to Tomahawk Command and Control stations. These capabilities have been successfully brought forward through the development of the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System TTWCS. Along with these new capabilities, TTWCS inherits legacy functionality from its predecessor, ATWCS, including shared Advanced Tactical Display Consoles ATDC with the Naval Fires Control System NFCS. While these capabilities enable the tactical employment of Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles TLAM, they also place new training and workload challenges on the operator. These include the unnecessary burdens placed on operators forced to toggle between non-integrated NFCS and TTWCS displays. This paper provides an overview of the evolutionary HCI development approach undertaken by the Cruise Missile Weapons Control Systems Program Office PMA-282. Specific focus is placed on design process changes from TTWCS IOC to Version 5 and how those changes support User Centered Design. It will also discuss further reaching activities that are essential to achieving and Integrated Land Attack Presentation Layer.
- Surface-Launched Guided Missiles