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C-130PC Quiet Knight

The Quiet Knight program uses maturing technology to demonstrate and validate affordability, applicability to all types of SOF platforms, and retrofit/forward fit of complete or partial solutions for a SOF infiltration/exfiltration mission scenario. Specific deficiencies addressed for the infil/exfil type mission scenario include passive detection, situation awareness of active threats, and crew workload. This effort will bring detection avoidance technology closer to the operational user, and allow end users to "fly before you buy." System integration issues to be investigated include sensor/resource management, fault tolerance/configuration, database management and high-speed data distribution, retrofit with existing avionics platform architectures, and extensibility to future high performance architectures.

The recent C-130PC Quiet Knight demonstrations advanced the state of the art in passive ranging by exploiting emitter phenomena. Using data from recent flight tests on the Quiet Knight program, Litton Amecom demonstrated techniques for air-to-ground ranging using Doppler measurements on the emitter. The Quiet Knight program was sponsored by Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Architecture & Integration Branch [IFSC] at Wright Patterson AFB, which develops and demonstrates advanced embedded system architectures and system integration concepts for legacy and future platforms. The Branch conducts research and development programs ranging from constructive to real-time/hardware-in-the-loop simulation technology to support effectiveness evaluations and demonstrations of the evolving technologies. The Quiet Knight Display Processor provided by PortalSoft Technologies of Albuquerque NM included a Digital Map Display (with HSD, flight plan, route/threat data overlay), Ridgeline display, and a Terrain following/Terrain avoidance display.

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