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The Role Of Mission Planning In Mission Data Management For Tactical Reconnaissance
Author(s): Brian G. Cooper
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Paper Abstract

Modern tactical aircraft commanders face increasing threats on the battlefield of the 1990s, forcing their aircrews to fly at low altitudes and/or in night and adverse weather conditions. The dynamic nature of these threat and weather conditions requires responsive mission data management both on board the aircraft and on the ground during the mission planning process. Obviously the need exists for timely exploitation of intelligence data collected on previous missions, especially for tactical reconnaissance mission planning. In response to this need, Fairchild Communications & Electronics Company has developed an all digital mission planning system, known as the MAPS 300, which eliminates the manual cutting and pasting of paper charts and manual flight log calculations from the mission planning process. In addition, the MAPS 300 recommends minimum threat exposure routes and generates visual perspective views, permitting the aircrews to concentrate on selecting the mission tactics. The MAPS 300 is now in production for the U.S. Air Force as part of the Mission Support Systems II (MSS II) currently being procured for the F-4 NWDS, F-15E and F-111 aircraft. The MAPS technology has future applications for Strike Recce and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0979, Airborne Reconnaissance XII, (23 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948633
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Brian G. Cooper, Fairchild Industries, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0979:
Airborne Reconnaissance XII
Paul A. Henkel; Francis R. LaGesse; Wayne W. Schurter, Editor(s)

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