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Air Force Mission Support System AFMSS

The Air Force Mission Support System [AFMSS] is a unit-level mission planning and data preparation system that supports missions ranging from day-to-day training, proficiency flying, and peace-time operational/exercise sorties, to complex operations supporting conventional or unconventional armed conflict. Mission planning activities include flight and route planning, electronic asset planning, threat analysis, weapons planning and target area tactics, perspective views, combat mission folder preparation, and mission fly through. This program provides a core mission planning system that is tailored for users by installing software modules specifically for the aircraft and weapons systems in their inventory. The AFMSS also integrates with the command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) environment at unit, wing, and force (theater) levels. Finally, AFMSS includes a portable system designed to fully support deployment operations of ACC, AMC, and Special Operation Forces.

CTAPS interface at the WOCs and squadrons via the WCCS LAN will provide the systems interfaces for the flow of air tasking and intelligence data from unit-level Sentinel Byte and/or component-level intelligence systems. AFMSS will use this information for flight planning and preparation analysis. When fielded to the unit level, the WCCS LAN should provide weather, tactical decision aid (TDA) data and data link Network Design Loads (NDL) to the wing- and squadron-level AFMSS. Until AF-wide fielding is complete, either a CTAPS remote or a mini-WCCS node will provide the AFMSS connectivity. The CTAPS-provided data will be processed and transmitted in predetermined formats required for use by the AFMSS. The exact definition of the interface and intermediate processing capabilities are specified in the interface design document (IDD) for the transfer of intelligence, weather, and TDA information as all systems are incrementally fielded.

Prime Contractor: Lockheed Sanders

Acquisition Phase: Production

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