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Multi-Source Tactical System [MSTS]

Te Multi-Source Tactical System (MSTS) runs on Silicon Graphics Inc. workstations, which receive and process signals intelligence, electronics intelligence and reconnaissance imagery from satellites in real time over four UHF satellite channels. Location and position information is fed into digital map databases to plot an aircraft's course and correlate threat information.

As of early 1996 the Air Force had 14 MSTS systems but all McDonnell Douglas C-17 cargo planes equipped with wiring pre-installed to allow easy plug-in of MSTS, and only minutes are required to switch the system from one aircraft to another.

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