Air Warfare Battlelab Initiative for Stabilized Portable Optical Target Tracking Receiver (SPOTTR)
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This paper will address a current problem in Close Air Support CAS targeting and a solution that should greatly enhance our C2 operations in the Global War on Terror. During CAS operations, a Joint Terminal Attack Controller JTAC is a qualified Service member who, from a forward position on the ground, directs the actions of combat aircraft engaged in CAS and other offensive operations. Oftentimes the CAS pilot is required to have the target in sight before weapons delivery. The target talk-on from the JTAC to the CAS pilot can take too long for timely target engagement. This paper will address a concept to improve our C2 operations by speeding up the targeting process, using SPOTTR in combat operations.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
- Command, Control and Communications Systems