Targeting and Weapons Requirements in Close Air Support Strike Operations
NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA
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This paper presents a Naval Weapons Center study on close air support CAS targeting requirements and systems. The paper gives an overview of U.S. Marine Corps CAS and identifies problems in specific areas of the CAS mission, including threat, communications, timing, and target marking, and target acquisition. The study also analyzes CAS targeting requirements and formulates guidelines for improvement of CAS targeting capabilities. This study was carried out in three phases 1 Review of CAS studies, handbooks, operational reports and instructors materials, with weighting given to analysis and experience over the last eight years. 2 Interviews with U.S. Marine Corps USMC aviators. 3 Synthesis of information gained from the literature and from interviews as the basis for identification of the problems, their causes, and possible improvements in CAS targeting.
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding