Integrating Avionics Sensor Signals for Tactical Aircraft,
ARMY AVIONICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY FORT MONMOUTH NJ
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Current tactical aircraft must be prepared to operate in more severe threat environments that ever before encountered. Stealth relies on conducting missions at night, at low levels, and at high speeds. Despite these adverse mission contraints, successful pilotage requires the aviator to continuously and accurately assess his own aircraft position in relation to surrounding landform configurations for navigation, for obstacle avoidance, and for masking, cover, and concealment. At the same time, accomplishment of tactical goals such as aeroscout or target acquisition functions requires cognizance of the relative positions of known hostile and friendly elements, and a capability for rapid interpretation of real time updates to tactical situation derived from reconnaissance or remote intelligence sources. These requirements impose a massive information processing burden on the aviator, particularly in light of a single crew aircraft. To assist the aviator in managing mission specific information, tactical aircraft are increasingly being equipped with sophisticated data gathering, storage, and processing systems. Data generated by these systems can be of two forms. One is that of video or digital spacially formatted images generated by an onboard sensor or processor. The other is that of alpha-tactical locations.
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