Fusion of Airborne Surveillance and Intelligence Information
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DOD / USAF
Airborne ISR platforms generate tactical air picture representations using kinematic information from radar and combat identification information from ELINT. This program seeks to develop a fusion system that is capable of combining airborne MTI (AMTI) radar data and airborne target ELINT (ATE) data to provide a Common Operating Picture (COP). Numerica's proposed fusion approach is formulated within the context of a multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT) system, and it leverages Numerica's extensive expertise in distributed tracking architectures. Numerica's approach specifically addresses the need for a classification-aided data association process that uses the target classification information provided by the AMTI and ELINT systems. The program will also address the need for track initiation methods using bearing-only airborne ELINT reports within the context of a multi-INT network-centric architecture. The program will involve the maturation of the Numerica Multiple Frame Association (MFA) Track/Fusion Software System for potential transition into an operational system. Numerica will specifically evaluate the potential for transition into the Air Force NCCT Program, which has requirements for a AMTI-ATE fusion capability.
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