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AN-SYQ-21 Tactical Automated Mission Planning System (TAMPS)

TAMPS is a computerized method of planning and optimizing mission routes against hostile targets. TAMPS is employed extensively by embarked Navy air wings and Marine Corps aviation units to provide planners a common automated system for rapidly processing large quantities of digitized terrain, threat and environmental data, aircraft, avionics, and weapon systems parameters. The system has an intended capability to meet the tactical mission planning and digital data upload requirements of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, standoff weapons, avionics systems mission support systems and unmanned air vehicles.

TAMPS core software provides flexible interfaces to a wide variety of USN and USMC C4I systems to provide users near-real-time updates to weather and intelligence databases. A modular, open systems architecture was developed to satisfy specialized aircraft, weapons, and avionics systems requirements while maintaining consistent displays and user interactions across all platforms. Platform unique requirements are provided via a Mission Planning Module (MPM) system which integrates with appropriate core libraries and servers providing a complete planning environment for any user platform. This integrated MPM planning environment is used to develop, analyze, store missions, and create mission planning products (including digital loads, strip route charts, and pilot kneeboard cards) to support tactical aviation combat operations.

TAMPS is hosted on the Navy Standard Desktop Tactical-support Computer 2 (DTC-2) which is comprised of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. The bulk of fleet TAMPS installations consists of a DTC-2 unit containing three work stations; one data base administrator station and two mission planner stations. A portable configuration of TAMPS is hosted on the ACE/VME single workstation computer.

The Tactical Automated Mission Planning System (TAMPS) is the Naval standard unit level aircraft mission planning system. It loads data for the following aviation platforms and subsystems: F/A-18, F-14, E-2C, V-22, C-2, KC-130, AH-1, SH-60, MH-53, HH-60, UH-1, VH-1, P-3C, High-speed Anti Radiation Missile (HARM), Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW), Joint Directed Attack Munitions (JDAM), Stand-off Land Attack Missile (SLAM), Joint Tactical Information and Distribution System (JTIDS), Global Positioning System (GPS), ARC-210, and Forward Area Minefield Planner (FAMP). TAMPS loads the F/A-18 Data Storage Unit (DSU) with route of flight data (way points, sequential steering files), air-to-air radar presets, Tactical Aircraft Navigation Aid (TACAN) and channel identification files. The Data Storage Unit (DSU) in turn provides this TAMPS information to the F/A-18 flight software.

Without the TAMPS load of "independent overlays" for the aircraft software and bulk files for missile software, weapons such as SLAM, JSOW and JDAM will be unusable. TAMPS currently is the primary means of loading JTIDS data for the F-14D/E-2C. Future systems such as Tactical Aircraft Moving Map Capability (TAMMAC) are planning to use TAMPS for mission planning and data loads. In keeping with the Assistant Secretary of Defense (C3I) direction, TAMPS has been identified as a migration system. Various platform specific aircraft mission planning systems (e.g., Tactical EA-6B Mission Support System (TEAMS), Map Operator and Maintenance Station (MOMS), Common Helicopter Aviation Mission Planning System (CHAMPS), MOMS/AV-8B Maintenance Data System, ES-3 Mission Planning System, Tactical Electronic Reconnaissance Processing and Evaluation System (TERPES) are planned to neck down into TAMPS. TAMPS is interoperable with and uses the Joint Maritime Command Information System (JMCIS) for data feeds.

TAMPS version 6.2 was developed and integrated in 1997. Efforts included the integration of the following modules and functionalities: TAMMAC, H-1 mission planning module, Joint Service Imagery Processing System (JSIPS) interface, Tactical Strike Coordination Module (TSCM), and Tactical Operational Scene (TOPSCENE). This release included improvements to the following modules and functionalities: E-2C module and SLAM module. The inclusion of the following requirements was part of TAMPS version 6.2: full duplex security, Local Area Network (LAN), Commercial Off-the Shelf (COTS) and operating system upgrades, port to a new hardware suite, intelligence data base in standard extract format and update (MIDB 2.0). System Engineering studies were conducted to identify requirements for various platform specific aircraft mission planning systems (e.g. CHAMPS, MOMS, H-60, Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW)) to continue with the execution of the migration plan. The previously planned TAMPS version 6.3 effort has been redefined as a maintenance release 6.2.1 while TAMPS version 6.4 has been redefined as continued maintenance of version 6.2

The TAMPS version 7.0 major release development commenced in 1998. The Navy mission planning system will transition to a PC based environment. TAMPS will no longer be a UNIX based system. The initial phase of the PC based system transition begins with development and deployment of the Navy PC Flight Planning System (PFPS). This effort is in conjunction with Air Force. Other efforts in 199 include Defense Information Infrastructure-Common Operating Environment (DII-COE) compliant architecture development. System Engineering studies will identify requirements for various platform specific aircraft mission planning systems. Force Level Decision Support Tools will fulfill the TAMPS Operational Requirements Document (ORD) Integrated Strike Planning Support requirement.

Development and deployment of Navy PFPS will be completed in 1999, along with continued development of DII-COE compliant architecture. This new architecture will culminate with TAMPS Mission Planning capabilities fully operational in the PC environment. Continued maturity of Force Level Decision Support Tools will develop tools for weaponeering and threat suppression and weapons to targets allocation managers.

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