Automated Targeting for Precision-Guided Munitions in Flight

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,968.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-4215
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-120-0419
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ALPHATECH, INC.
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA, 01803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
094841665
Principal Investigator:
James McKeon
Principal Investigator
(781) 273-3388
james.mckeon@alphatech.com
Business Contact:
John Barry
Contracts Manager
(781) 273-3388
jbarry@alphatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Analysis and experimentation suggests that the Phase 1 goal, to develop an integrated process and systems architecture that automatically passes mensurated-targeting information to Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) in flight, is feasible using existing systems. Our innovation builds upon related ALPHATECH weapon-target pairing (WTP) work successfully demonstrated at multiple Joint Expeditionary Force Experiments (JEFX). WTP employs many features relevant to PGM targeting including mensuration tool interface, Joint Effectiveness Munitions Manuals (JMEMs) data usage, time on target, fuel, and threat calculations. The primary WTP product, J9.0 command messages, is transmitted to execution authorities that divert designated assets to targets. We developed and demonstrated a WTP to Rapid Precision Targeting System (RPTS) interface. RPTS, with WTP information, created and forwarded target folders (including imagery and mensurated coordinates) to launch platforms in flight. Our innovation leverages our previous efforts and investigates direct interface processes for JMEM/Air-To-Surface Weaponeering System (JAWS), or Weapons Effects Analysis & Probability Software (WEAPS), or other front ends. We will investigate interface improvements to mensuration tools, Launch Acceptability Region (LAR) calculations, and formatted data generation and transmission for launch platforms and PGMs. The process establishes paths to automated generation and transmission of PGM pairings and consideration of different PGM options.

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