Future Integrated Fire Control
Conference paper with briefing charts
NORTHROP GRUMMAN MISSION SYSTEMS ARLINGTON VA
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Future advances in fire control for air and missile defense depend largely on a network-enabled foundation that enables the collaborative use of distributed warfare assets for time-critical operations. These advances enable major enhancements for tactical fire control. Selecting the best shooter from a set of geographically distributed firing units can improve the chances of intercepting targets and improve the economy of weapon resources. Earlier launch decisions are possible when sensors are intelligently tasked based on shared knowledge of the battlespace. No longer must collocated sensors and weapons be paired for engagements. Lifting such pairing constraints expands the effective kinematic range of weapons and enables additional operational capabilities such as forward pass and off-board engagement support for guidance relay and target illumination. For complex threat environments in which sophisticated or significant numbers of aerospace targets exist, automated collaborative fire control or Integrated Fire Control IFC may be a necessity for victory. This paper presents research in advanced data fusion and decision aid capabilities as a means of enabling and enhancing IFC. It addresses the importance of achieving distributed information superiority shared, accurate, and timely situational awareness as the foundation of IFC capabilities. It discusses required IFC design and architecture guidelines. Finally, the paper proposes an IFC concept to meet the complex needs of future warfare.
- Computer Systems
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
- Fire Control and Bombing Systems