Automated Targeting for Precision-Guided Munitions in Flight

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-4215
Agency Tracking Number: F041-120-0419
Amount: $99,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF04-120
Solitcitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
ALPHATECH, INC.
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA, 01803
Duns: 094841665
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James McKeon
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 273-3388
 james.mckeon@alphatech.com
Business Contact
 John Barry
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 273-3388
Email: 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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