Accession Number:

ADP006163

Title:

Air Force Tactical Decision Aid Development,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GEOPHYSICS LAB (AFSC) HANSCOM AFB MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

3.0

Abstract:

Precision Guided Munitions PGMs and Target, Acquisition Systems TASs allow greater stand-off ranges, increased accuracy, and higher kill probabilities than conventional bombing methods. They are also more sensitive to the environment. This increased environmental sensitivity led to the tasking of Air Weather Service, by the Tactical Air Forces to provide weather support for PGMs and TASs. This support is based on Tactical Decision Aids TDAs that have been developed by Air Force Systems Command laboratories for Air Weather Service. Conventional weather support is not sufficient when forecasting for smart weapons. Target detection and recognition depends on the target and background characteristics, the intervening atmosphere, and the sensor characteristics. The TDA models these three factors for infrared 8-12 micrometer, TV, and 1.06 micro-meter laser designator systems. The TDA has been provided to Air Weather Service for operational use, but AFSC continues to produce upgraded versions with improved physics and expanded target, background, and sensor menus. Experience with the TDAs has been good, they have proven to be an effective, useful tool for planning and executing Air Force missions but the challenge remains to provide the best, most effective tool possible, and to provide the most accurate and up-to-date environmental information in the target areas. The Air Force is addressing this requirement too.

Subject Categories:

  • Fire Control and Bombing Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE