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Combat indentification in the future: maintaining the balance
Author(s): Roger Cranos
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Paper Abstract

Determining a combat identification (CID) architecture for the future requires knowledge and understanding of the current CID situation. The purpose of this paper is to present some of the issues and misconceptions surrounding CID, and how future CID technologies can overcome the limitations of today's CID architecture. The common perception of the CID problem is illustrated in Figure 1. For air-to-air missions, it is perceived that cooperative CID systems, like the Mark XII 1FF system, will provide the warfighter with the identity of all friendly platforms in the area, thus making it fairly easy to determine which aircraft are hostile. For the air-toground missions, the warfighter continues to rely on voice communications from a forward air controller (FAC) to obtain target CID information. As long as the ground targets retain some separability, then the FAC's information should be "good enough" to accomplish the mission. Furthermore, most people believe that the goal of improving CID systems/architectures is to eliminate fratricide. This misconception has driven the direction of CID system development towards cooperative CID systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3068, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition VI, (28 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.280830
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Roger Cranos, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3068:
Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition VI
Ivan Kadar, Editor(s)

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