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ANNEX F Common Solution/Concept List (U)
Air Force Mission Area Plan (MAP)

F-15C

 

F15C007 - AVIONICS DEPOT STATION UPGRADE

(R&M)

DESCRIPTION: This initiative replaces the H2600 Automatic Test Station (ATS) with new, more reliable components without impacting the current Test Program Sets (TPSs) software. This program is related to APG-70 H/D & S/W, DMS, Depot Support, VHSIC Support, and Post Production Support.

JUSTIFICATION: The H2600 family of test stations hosts 1700 active TPSs used in the repair of F-15 and F-16 avionics at four Air Logistics Centers (ALCs). The test station has a 85% Unit Under Test (UUT) fault detection rate, and a 95% fault detection rate for station self test. These 20+ year old stations, in various configurations, are becoming increasingly difficult to support due to parts obsolescence and are nearly impossible to maintain at 100% operability. Costly and time consuming stop gap measures and partial fixes have been implemented as "Band-Aids" in order to provide a level of support to the field. It is imperative that a station upgrade be accomplished to replace the H316 computer and all its peripherals with a VXI embedded processor and modern peripherals. This upgrade will be done in such a manner that existing TPSs can be utilized with minimal or no modification. The upgrade will increase station reliability, decrease support costs and reduce proliferation of test equipment by combining the diverse H2600 family into one configuration. Without this upgrade, the depots will be unable to sustain the required level of support to the field. This has the potential to result in higher on-aircraft maintenance hours, lost missions and/or higher than normal flying hours on available aircraft, which will eventually result in higher PDM costs to the user.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

 

ISSUES: Without corrective action, depots cannot fault isolate and repair failed aircraft LRUs. Operational units will incur shipping charges without getting repair support from depot. Ultimately, F-15 subsystems will not have sufficient spares available due to lack of repair capability at depot, degrading operational capability of F-15 fleet.

REFERENCES: Awaiting information from the F-15 SPO on quantities and reference documents

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C010 - HALON REPLACEMENT

DESCRIPTION: This effort will replace the fire suppression chemical HALON with CF3I, which is environmentally friendly and advertised as a drop-in replacement.

JUSTIFICATION: The F-15 currently uses HALON for its fire suppression system. The United States is required by international treaty to eliminate HALON, a known CloroFlorocarbon and ozone depleting chemical. In addition, the HALON fire suppression system will soon become insupportable due to the unavailability of HALON. This program has been designated by ACC as a Priority 1 program for the F-15 C/D and a Core program for the F-15 E.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE27130F (3600 POM request in F-15E PE27134F).

ISSUES: Alternative material to replace HALON is currently not available, under development. Because 3600 funding contained in F15E010, that solution must be picked in order to complete this solution.

REFERENCES: Awaiting information from the F-15 SPO on quantities and reference documents

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C011 - SECONDARY POWER UPGRADE

DESCRIPTION: This effort will replace older, high Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) parts on the Secondary Power System (SPS), with newer more reliable parts. These modifications include replacement of Jet Fuel Starter and Constant Speed Gear Box, and modification of the left-hand and right-hand Airframe Mounted Accessory Drive. New and old configuration components will be interchangeable. Modification of F-15 A-E fleet will occur through attrition, with SPS components being converted to PRIDE configuration at the depot.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, the SPS is a high maintenance item and the number one cause of ground aborts, reducing the Mission Capability rate. This program will dramatically increases combat capability by reducing the secondary power abort rate by approximately 32 percent (259/YR) over the "Do Nothing" rate. It will boost SPS reliability by an estimated 127 percent. Without this mod the F-15ís ability to meet mission requirements is dramatically reduced. This has been designated a Core program by ACC.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F

ISSUES: None

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: 97-010 F-15A-D Secondary Power System Upgrade

Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C012 -AIM-9X INTEGRATION

DESCRIPTION: The F-15/AIM-9X weapon system is to consist of F-15 carriage of the AIM-9X missile on a LAU-128 Air-to-Air (A/A) launcher from existing AIM-9 certified stations. The AIM-9X will be an upgrade to the AIM-9L/M, incorporating increased missile maneuverability and allowing a high off-boresight targeting capability. The AIM-9X must be compatible with the F-15 to include, but not be limited to: F-15 exterior vibration/acoustic environment, avionics, aircraft supporting subsystems such as power and power conditioning, mission planning, and weapon interface. F-15 systems affected by AIM-9X integration include, but are not limited to: controls/displays, system avionics consisting of Central Computer (CC) and Programmable Armament Control Set (PACS), aircraft instrumentation, and compatibility modification of T-169 Weapons Test Set. Integration of the AIM-9X shall not degrade the baseline F-15 capability to carry, jettison, and launch existing weapons.

JUSTIFICATION: This effort allows the integration of the newest IR missile on the F-15. The current AIM-9 missile does not have the capabilities demonstrated by foreign technologies, giving the F-15 a distinct disadvantage during IR dogfight scenarios. AIM-9X integration will once again put the F-15 in the air superiority position in all arenas. AIM-9X integration has been designated a Priority 1 program by ACC.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F (3600 money contained in AIM-9X PE 27161)

ISSUES: F-15C/D is USAF threshold platform for AIM-9X. Thus, PE 27161 funds all development and test costs. 3010 funding for T-169 Weapons Test Set modification only, no modification to aircraft required other than changes to F-15 Operational Flight Program software (Suite 4M OFP). Requires F15C042 (or F15C042W1) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System to fully exploit AIM-9X capability.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title:

ORD Number & Title: USN-CAF (USAF 001-93)-II-A for AIM-9X (25 Nov 96)

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: L/C Jones, DRAW, 4-5915 PEM Backup Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C017 - ALR-56C RADAR WARNING RECEIVER PROCESSOR UPGRADE

DESCRIPTION: This upgrade replaces the current radar warning receiver (RWR) processor, which has exhausted memory and computer throughput, with a new processor/memory to handle current and future radar frequency threat warning requirements for FY00+ threats. Program converts existing RWR software to ADA language, incorporates algorithms to improve angle detection accuracy, and adds improved diagnostic software to decrease CND rates.

JUSTIFICATION: The new processor SRU increases memory capacity, processor throughput, and threat ambiguity resolution, reducing false alarms. An F-15 Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS) Operational Assessment report for the ALR-56C RWR (Suite 1 Operational Flight Program - OFP) was released by AFOTEC in Mar 95. RWR deficiencies included the following areas: memory capacity, processor throughput, threat ambiguity resolution, and false alarms. Future RWR improvements requested via the F-15 OFP update process cannot be met (Suite 4 and beyond) unless a new processor and memory capacity upgrade program is initiated. Note - specific RWR SORD requirements are not met in Suite 2&3 due to current processor/memory limitations in selected threat environments. An RWR processor/memory capacity upgrade is required to allow incorporation of software algorithm enhancements (RAD, etc) to fix known threat ambiguity and false alarm problems. The F-16 SPO has initiated an ALR-56M processor upgrade program which will provide a common processor for both the ALR-56M/56C configurations; the F-16 SPO has committed funds to the common NRE tasks and the F-15 SPO is required to only fund unique F-15 RWR requirements. This upgrade will replace 7 SRUs with one. Benefits USAF with increased unit reliability and common avionics hardware across multiple aircraft. O-level installation.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F (3600 POM request in F-15E PE27134F)

ISSUES: Interdependent with F15E025 for 3600 funding.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title:

ORD Number & Title (SORD): CAF 304-80-I/II/III-C

1067 Number & Title: ALR-56C Radar Warning Receiver

Development Plan Date & Title: Electronic Combat Master Plan

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: L/C Moore, DRSP, 4-7490 PEM Backup Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C024 - COMMON MISSILE WARNING SYSTEM (CMWS)

(OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY)

DESCRIPTION: The CMWS consists of six (6) electro-optical sensors and an internally mounted Electronics Control Unit (ECU), which detects incoming missiles, provides warning to the crew, and dispenses countermeasures. The CMWS is a passive system being developed under the tri-service Suite of Infrared Countermeasures (SIRCM)/CMWS program managed by the Army. USAF platforms currently funded for CMWS development are F-16 Blk 40 CAS, F-16 Blk 50, A-10.

JUSTIFICATION: CMWS is a totally passive detection system, requiring only the electro-optic (EO) signature of the missile plume. The ECU determines the threat status of detectionís using flight parameter data received from the aircraft Central Computer (CC). The ECU provides missile threat declaration, Direction-Of-Arrival (DOA) and elevation information to the CC which generates the crewstation display and warning tone. The CMWS allows for automatic or manual AN/ALE-45 Countermeasures Dispenser (CMD) operation. This system is required to ensure survivability of the F-15 from advanced surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: See EWLF103 for PE information (PE 64270, EW Development; PE 27442 Common EC Equipment)

ISSUES: F-15C/E CMWS was canceled in FY98 BES (Dec 97). A stop work was issued on the F-15C CMWS integration effort when the program funding was canceled for FY 98 and out. Since Jan 97, F-15C requirements have not been considered I the CMWS design. F-15C/D may require a mod to the Environment Control System to cool the forward sensors - a cost driver. Thereís no parallel program to upgrade the ALE-45 Counter Measures Dispenser therefore the automated functions will not be optimal.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: TAF SON 316-88

ORD Number & Title: Joint ORD for the Suite of Integrated Infrared Countermeasures and the Multi-Service Requirement for a Common Missile Warning System for US Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp Aircraft, and Electronic Protection Pods, 30 Sep 95

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title: EC Mission Area Development Current CINC IPL: YES Plan, 30 Sept 96

ACC PEM Name: LTC Moore, DRSP, 7490 PEM Backup Name: Maj Bauer, DRSP, 4-7490

 

F15C028 - APG-63(V)1 RADAR UPGRADE

DESCRIPTION: A reliability and maintainability modification which replaces eight critical, poor performing Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), with six new, more reliable LRUs. Provides 120 hour mean time between maintenance (MBTM) radar system (excluding antenna which is not upgraded under this program). Provides 98% fault isolation to single LRU. Provides APG-70 performance for air-to-air radar modes. APG-70 air-to-ground software is included but performance will not verified under this program.

JUSTIFICATION: The APG-63 radar was developed over 20 years ago and has an average mean time between failure less than 15 hours. APG-63 LRUs have become increasingly difficult to support both in the field and at the depot. First, individual parts have become increasingly unavailable from any source; incorporating newer technology parts often entails module redesign and fails to address the root cause. Second, continuing reliability deterioration impacts both sustainment, particularly during deployment, as well as ACCís ability to implement two-level maintenance. In addition, the APG-63 radar has virtually no remaining processing and memory capacity to accommodate software upgrades to counter evolving threats. The APG-63(V)1 radar has been designed for improved reliability and maintainability to address user requirements. The radar incorporates components designed for improved reliability and lower failure rates and enhanced diagnostics for improved fault detection and fault isolation. Along with other design features, these should improve radar reliability to 120 hours MTBM, an order of magnitude better than the existing APG-63. Not only will this improve weapon system mission capable rates, the 500 hour minimum reliability of each line replaceable unit will allow ACC to implement two-level maintenance on the radar. The design incorporates dozens of maintainability improvements to reduce maintenance time, minimize maintainer skill level, and extend system life. Mission performance will be on par with the APG-70 radar.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F

 

ISSUES: Critical to relieve APG-63 spares availability shortfall FY00/01. Program requires F15C057 High Pressure Water Separator and F15E096 Operation Flight Program Suite 4M Software

REFERENCES:

MNS No. & Title: CAF 308-92-I F-15 Rdr Sustain

ORD Number & Title: CAF 308-92-I/II-A F-15 Radar Sustainability

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C029 - APG-63(V)1 DELTA-SIGMA CONVERTER

DESCRIPTION: The Hughes Digital Enhancement Program inserts newly developed Delta-Sigma Converter technology, reducing parts count and increasing reliability. Replaces six existing electronics modules (SRUís) in the APG-63(V)1 Analog Signal Converter (ASC) with two new modules (a high performance analog-to-digital converter and a digital signal processor). The reduction in the number of modules in the ASC, from nine to five, will result in a substantial acquisition and life cycle cost savings and a significant improvement in reliability. It will also improve Combat ID dwell time, increase medium Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF) air-to-air search range, and increase medium resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capability.

JUSTIFICATION: The Delta-Sigma improvement will save about $200K per radar. It will reduce O&S costs by reducing the parts count and improving reliability. The incorporation of this technology into the ASC is expected to increase the reliability of the LRU by approximately 90%.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F

ISSUES: F-15C028 APG-63V1 Radar Upgrade is prerequisite. Retrofits 120 radars and 12 spares. Remaining 44 radars upgrading during production with cost saving of about $200K per system.

OSD, Wright-Labs technology development, and industry technology investment in FY97/98/99 are NOT credited in the EMD cost estimate. Above schedule does not capture cost saving potential if accelerated. Above timeline too late to achieve acquisition cost benefits in the APG-63V1 program.

Radar technology being developed applicable to multiple platforms, Navy F/A-18C/D Radar Upgrade and USAF Joint Strike Fighter radars.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF 308-92-I F-15 Radar Sustainability

ORD Number & Title: CAF 308-92-I/II-A F-15 Radar Sustainability

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C030 - APG-70 REPLACEMENT WITH APG-63(V)1

DESCRIPTION: This initiative replaces the 41 remaining APG-70 radars with the APG-63(V)1 radar in the F-15 MSIP aircraft. This upgrade requires the APG-63(V)1 Radar, High Pressure Water Separator, and Operation Flight Program Suite 4M Software.

JUSTIFICATION: . The APG-70 is suffering from a parts obsolescence and reliability problems and will soon become insupportable. Additionally, recent mean time between maintenance action (MBTMA) was less than ten hours. The radar has limited remaining capacity in processing and memory to accommodate software (S/W) capability upgrades to counter evolving threats. The different radar systems (APG-63/70) for the F-15 fleet increases logistical, mobility, repair, and training requirements. By replacing the APG-70 radars with the APG-63(V)1 in the MSIP and F-15E aircraft, the entire F-15 fleet would be using the same type of radar, simplifying repairs, logistics, training, and mobility. It will eliminate the parts problem and provide the processing power and memory for future S/W upgrades.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F

ISSUES: Requires F15C028 APG-63(V)1 Radar Upgrade as prerequisite.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF 308-92-I F-15 Radar Sustainability

ORD Number & Title: CAF 308-92-I/II-A F-15 Radar Sustainability

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C031 - COMBAT IDENTIFICATION

DESCRIPTION: A software change for the APG-63(V)1 to positively identify potential targets using cooperative and non-cooperative techniques. Technology insertion of Wright Labs developed algorithms. This change requires APG-63(V)1 Radar, Operational Flight Program Suite 4M (for partial capability), and OFP 5M (for full capability).

JUSTIFICATION: Corrects an existing shortfall in Air Force employment of high tech, long range weapons (i.e. AMRAAM) due to limited capability to positively ID targets at or beyond full weapon employment range. The software change increases the existing database to include threat data not included during initial development.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F

ISSUES: CID upgrade is incorporated in Suite 4 and Suite 5 OFP software. 164 F-15C/D aircraft will be retrofitted with APG-63(v)1 radars and receive the OFP updates.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF 308-92-I F-15 Radar Sustainability

ORD Number & Title: CAF 308-92-I/II-A F-15 Radar Sustainability

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Maj Dunham, DRAO, 4-8655 PEM Backup Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C032 - NON-COOPERATIVE TARGET RECOGNITION (NCTR) UPDATES - MAX

(OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY)

DESCRIPTION: A software change to the APG-63(V)1 and APG-70 radar to identify approximately 14 target types. Includes improvements to NCTR algorithms to reduce incorrect identification and improve performance. This program requires changes to the radar Operational Flight Programs (OFPs) and the Central Computer OFP in F-15 Suite 6. Common with F-15E.

JUSTIFICATION: Failure to update the aircraft NCTR capability with these 14 target types will limit the pilot/aircrew to visual target identification, decreased survivability, and restricted weapon employment.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

ISSUES: NCTR upgrade MAX will be incorporated in Suite 6 OFP software. 164 F-15C/D aircraft will be retrofitted with APG-63(v)1 radars and receive the OFP update.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: Tactical Air Forces (TAF) Required Operational Capability (ROC) for Advanced Aerial Combat (F-X), (ACC ROC 9-86)

ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C036 - AIR DATA PROCESSOR (ADP)

DESCRIPTION: The ADP will replace the Electronic Air Inlet Controller (EAIC), Central Air Data Computer (CADC), Flap Blowup Switch (FBS), and Pressure Sensor Assembly (PSA) on the F-15 C/D aircraft. This upgrade will reduce the number of LRUs from 5 to 3. It will feature auto detection of engine-airframe combination and provide source error correction tables for improved accuracy. This program requires OFP Suite 3M and is common with the F-15 E.

JUSTIFICATION: The current EAIC is susceptible to water intrusion and will continue to be hampered by water. This causes a significant number of ground aborts and results in long term repair problems. In addition, the current CADC suffers from parts obsolescence problem and will soon become non-supportable. The new ADP will increase accuracy, increase reliability by 10x, reduce the number of LRUs in A/C and configurations in supply, and allow a 2-level maintenance concept. This effort has been designated a Priority 1 program by ACC.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

ISSUES: Common equipment with F-15E.

REFERENCES: Awaiting information from the F-15 SPO and ACC/LGF15 for requirement documentation.

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C041 - FIGHTER DATA LINK (FDL) (387 Aircraft Baseline)

(OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY)

DESCRIPTION: Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) FDL provides an integrated communications, identification system capable of distributing digital data between fighter, airborne and surface-based command and control elements in a combat theater. Transmits and receives TADIL-J/Joint Link 16 data link formatted digital messages. MIDS FDL is interoperable with Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) and other Link 16 capable systems equipped USAF, Navy, Army and Allied military weapon systems. FDL provides secure communications and jam-resistant capability. Allows pilot to receive off-board data and transmissions from other platforms to increase situational awareness. Supports simultaneous intra- and inter-flight two-way communication. Procurement program managed by Navy SPARWAR/PMW-101, MIDS International Program Office. Aircraft integration managed by ASC/FBA.

JUSTIFICATION: Enhances combat identification by providing position and identification of friendly forces, reducing fratricide risk. Failure to modify aircraft will increase the possibility of fratricide while significantly decreasing pilot combat situational awareness.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F (Note: 3010 funding only, Non-Developmental Item program)

ISSUES: Procures 387 FDL kits to modify all F-15 C/D aircraft. Includes all test and training aircraft.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF 315-92 Real-Time Information in the Cockpit

ORD Number & Title: CAF 315-92-I-A Class 2R Data Link Radio

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

 

F15C042 - JOINT HELMET MOUNTED CUEING SYSTEM (JHMCS) INTEGRATION (BASELINE)

(OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY)

DESCRIPTION: Integrates the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) onto the F-15. JHMCS is a multi-service program to provide USAF and USN aircraft the capability to cue and verify on-board weapons and weapons sensors to a specific azimuth/elevation determined by the pilot's head position and to confirm sensor line-of-sight. The HMCS incorporates a man-mounted, ejection compatible helmet mounted display system, with capability to cue and verify cueing of high off-axis sensors and weapons, on US Air Force and US Naval fighter aircraft. The F-15C and F/A-18C are the respective services threshold aircraft. The HMCS includes a flight helmet with display optics, image source, helmet tracker transducer, and cable attached to it, graphics processor/video hardware and software to drive the display, helmet tracker hardware and software, interfaces to the aircraft computers, weapons and sensor hardware, and software to integrate the HMCS functions with other onboard systems. To minimize integration cost, the system will maximize commonality of form, fit, and function among host platforms.

JUSTIFICATION: Many allied and threat aircraft employ helmet-mounted systems. To maintain aerospace control and superiority as addressed in the USAF "Global Reach, Global Power" and the USN "From The Sea", the development of a JHMCS to meet Counter Air mission needs is imperative. No existing capabilities or alternatives currently satisfy this requirement. In the air-to-air role, aircrew will be able to cue and verify cueing of off-boresight weapon sensors and weapons to exploit the full weapons envelopes in the dynamic Within Visual Range (WVR) arena. In the air-to-ground role, this system will enhance lethality and survivability by reducing cockpit "heads down" and target acquisition time. Provides increased situational awareness and multiple kills per pass.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

ISSUES: Limited to 216 F-15C/D combat assigned aircraft. One wing of combat assigned aircraft will not be upgraded due to F-15 Sundown (5-year rule). No AETC or ANG aircraft will be upgraded.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF-USN (CAF 308-93) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System

ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Maj Tenpenny, DRAW, 4-5915 PEM Backup Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C046 - NIGHT VISION LIGHTING

(OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY)

DESCRIPTION: Initiative to procure Night Vision Device (NVD) compatible internal cockpit aircraft lighting and cockpit displays. Field retrofit mod (128 hour installation). Solution alternatives ASC/ENFC 96-01 compliant. Permanent modification solution includes full logistics supportability. Replaces current aircraft and cockpit displays with night vision goggle compatible lighting.

JUSTIFICATION: Critical to effectively employ during complex night time combat missions. ACC Project 92-012RF, Tactical Employment using Night Vision Goggles (NVG) Tactics Development & Evaluation, Final Report identifies significant increase in combat effectiveness with NVGs. Combat CINCís require night time capability for Combat ID and weapons employment. This aircraft modification will provide Night Vision Goggle capability on the F-15C/D aircraft.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

 

ISSUES: Need permanent solution for NVG compatible lighting in F-15C/D. 103 F-15C/D in PACAF operating with temporary mod which is difficult to maintain, has no logistics support.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF 309-93 NIGHT VISION SYSTEM COMPATIBLE AIRCRAFT LIGHTING

ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: 96-058, SECONDARY LIGHTING MODIFICATION

Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C047 - IDENTIFICATION FRIEND OR FOE (IFF) UPGRADE

DESCRIPTION: Replaces the APX-76 IFF Reply Evaluator with the APX-114 commercial off-the-shelf solution under development for the RC-135 aircraft. The IFF Pilot/Vehicle Interface will remain identical to that currently in the F-15E. The implementation will be baselined to Suite 5E software. O-level installation requires less than 25 hours. Reprogrammable processor allows for growth enabling compatibility with Allied Mode S and future IFF signals.

JUSTIFICATION: Verification that no friendly aircraft are in proximity of a threat is a critical element of virtually all Theater Rules of Engagement. Cooperative identification systems need high reliability and near-100% operating confidence. The existing F-15C/D IFF system design is over 25 year old. System components are difficult to keep in calibration, lack comprehensive built-in-test (BIT), impacted by diminishing source of repair parts. Operational performance is unreliable due to computer firmware errors and processing throughput limitations in dense signal environments resulting in false indications or worse, no indications when friendly aircraft are present. System is not Reprogrammable without hardware change. Poor BIT architecture requires pilots to test system performance against wingman aircraft every sortie; system performance cannot be verified prior to take-off. O-level test equipment is unsupportable and unreliable, lacks spare parts for repair.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F (3600 POM request in F-15E PE27134F)

ISSUES: Interdependent on F-15E-052 for 3600 funds.

REFERENCES: AF Form 1067 in coordination and has not been assigned a number as of this date.

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C048 - PROGRAMMABLE SIGNAL DATA PROCESSOR (PSDP)

(OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY/R&M)

DESCRIPTION: Upgrade of the current PSDP. Will use an open system approach based off of MPDP upgrade. Software changes to VHSIC Central Computer (VCC), PSDP General Purpose and Symbol Generator Processors. Upgrade PSDP consisting of replacing 11 computer cards with 11 new cards, new software, and replacing 1553 bus with High Speed Data Bus. Upgrade VHSIC CC, consisting of replacing two cards in the VCC with 32 bit cards, and replace 1553 bus with HSDB.

JUSTIFICATION: Capacity of the existing PSDP is fully used with no growth capability. To continue to support OFP updates, existing capability will have to be removed to add new capability. Will replace current PSDP. Required to improve display processing throughput for display macros and background tasks, improve general purpose processing throughput, and increase memory. The upgrade is needed to overcome parts obsolescence and reliability problems while improving reliability and performance. Will allow for future technological upgrades. If not funded we will have a significant obsolescence problem with current components. The capability to upgrade with new technology does not exist with the current aircraft configuration.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

ISSUES: This solution should be used if F15E079 Advanced Display Core Processor is selected for the F-15E or if no display/processing solution picked on F-15E. If F15E049 MPDP Upgrade is chosen, then F15C048A should be chosen over this solution.

Incorporates solutions F-15C035 & 043. These MIP solutions no longer carried as stand-alone items.

REFERENCES: Awaiting information from the F-15 SPO and LGF15 on reference documents.

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C055 - EMBEDDED GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS)

DESCRIPTION: The flight segment of the EGI System replaces the Attitude Heading Reference Set (AHRS) function and integrates spaced based navigation system data from the Global Positioning System (GPS), into the existing architecture on the F-15 model aircraft. The EGI System includes hardware and software that receives and processes GPS data and integrates the results into the weapons system. This specifically includes an EGI Line Replaceable Unit (LRU), antenna(s), antenna preamplifier, aircraft physical mounting modifications, cabling, and software on the F-15. The support segment of the EGI system is comprised of equipment and associated software, data, and training required to use, install and operationally support the EGI System. System support includes loading and verifying software at field sites in the airborne hardware via the Programmer Loader Verifier-New Technology (PLV-NT) at the organizational level, via the Electronic Systems Test Set (ESTS) at the intermediate level, and government depot maintenance activities. The EGI system will interact with the Air Force Mission Support System (AFMSS) and Computerized Fault Reporting System (CFRS) through the Data Transfer Module (DTM) to exchange data such as GPS almanac and Built-In-Test (BIT) failure data. This effort requires Operational Flight Program Suite 3M and is common to the F-15 E.

JUSTIFICATION: Congress has mandated all AF aircraft install a GPS system. The EGI System will provide highly precise position, velocity, and time information world-wide. It eliminates the dependence on Tactical Air and Navigation (TACAN), Distance Measuring Equipment (DME), and Very-High-Frequency Omni-Directional Range (VOR) navigation aids, which are not available in all locations. It is also required for GPS aided munitions.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

ISSUES: Congressional Mandate Project 2000 requirements not being met. Upgrades 217 combat assigned F-15C/D. Does not upgrade one combat assigned F-15C/D fighter wing due to Sundown (5-year rule). Does not upgrade AETC or ANG F-15 aircraft.

REFERENCES: Awaiting information from the F-15 SPO on document references.

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C057 - HIGH PRESSURE WATER SEPARATOR (HPWS)

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of the Increased Capacity High Pressure Water Separator is to change the low pressure water separator in F-15 C/D MSIP aircraft to a high pressure water separator with increased cooling capacity.

JUSTIFICATION: This modification is being incorporated to increase avionics reliability through increased cooling. The present low pressure water separator components have a cooling capacity of 133.3k BTU/hr. Due to this low cooling capacity, the system does not insure proper cooling to all avionics equipment, thus allowing a 10 hour MTBF rate to the subsystems. This modification incorporates high pressure water separator components that have a cooling capacity of 194.5 BTU/hr. These components will reduce exhaust temperatures from 160 degree F to 120 degree F. This provides a 40 degree F decrease in exhaust temperature which is a 46% increase in cooling capacity. This change will is estimated to improve reliability 39.8% for avionics equipment. This modification is a prerequisite to the APG-63(v)1 upgrade and has been designated a Core program by ACC.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F

ISSUES: Prerequisite for F15C028 APG-63V1 Radar Upgrade. Kit procurement completed FY98, FY00 funds install costs.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: T86-059, TAF 86-027 Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C060 - LOW COST MODIFICATIONS

DESCRIPTION: The Low Cost Modification line identifies a small amount of funding to pay excess bills. This may include covering labor or contract overruns, shipping costs on some mods, negative unliquidated obligations on expired money for contracts so old that prior-year money is no longer available, or to "refurbish" old TCTO kits that have been lost or misplaced.

JUSTIFICATION: Required for all the items outlined in paragraph 1. If funding were not available, we would have to start cutting back program kit buys, and taking money away from Program Managers to pay these bills.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F

ISSUES: Quantities are not defined since this money is used for "pop up" expenses.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C061 - LANDING GEAR WIRING, SWITCHES, AND ACTUATOR UPGRADE

DESCRIPTION: Installs newly designed proximity and weight on wheels (WOW) switches, encapsulated wiring, and a floating actuator, and quick disconnect connections. Switches will be interchangeable without rewiring, wiring replaceable without new switches. Reduces aircraft diagnostics and repair to one day. Installation during Programmed Depot Maintenance.

JUSTIFICATION: Landing gear indication system failure is caused by vibration and wind loads on the wiring during take-off and landings. If wires break, associated WOW switch must be replaced. Failure causes unsafe gear indication, causing ground aborts, inflight emergency (IFE) and air aborts. Current repairs require about 4 days aircraft downtime for jacking and performing gear retraction checks.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F

ISSUES: Approved funding completes installation of kits procured with prior year funding.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: 96-050, REPLACEMENT OF NOSE/MAIN LANDING GEAR SWITCHES AND WIRING

Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C072 - FIBER OPTIC TOWED ARRAY

DESCRIPTION: A towed device which emits electronic countermeasures to counter advanced command guided and monopulse threats. It was developed under the Navyís Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) program for the F/A-18E/F. USAF customers include the B-1, U-2, C-130, and F-15C/E.

JUSTIFICATION: The FOTD provides aircraft protection against modern radar-guided missiles to supplement traditional radar jamming equipment. The device is towed at varying distances behind the F-15 aircraft while transmitting a signal like that of a threat radar. The missile will detect and lock onto the decoy rather than on the aircraft. This is achieved by making the decoyís radiated signal stronger than that of the aircraft. The system will greatly enhance the F-15ís existing onboard defense against radar guided missiles, thus improving the survivability of both aircraft and flight crew against radar guided threats.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 64270F (See ELWF112 for PE info)

ISSUES: F-15 Cost data is integrated into the total IDECM/FOTD program. See ELWF112 for funding profile. F-15 independent costs not determined separately.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF 357-92 (SAC 007-92) Conventional Capability for the B-1 ; CAF 343-88

ORD Number & Title: CAF 357-92, B-1B CMUP ORD (SAC 007-92) I/II Rev 2; CAF 343-88-I/II-BA F-15C/E RF Countermeasures System (DRAFT)

1067 Number & Title:

Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: LTC Moore, DRSP, 7490 PEM Backup Name: Maj Bauer, DRSP, 4-7490

 

F15C076 - UPGRADED MAINTENANCE TRAINERS

DESCRIPTION: Three types of trainers (TFE-15, TFE-16, and TFE-19) modified into one state-of-the-art trainer called the TFE-26. Reduces the total number of trainers from 22 to 8. TFE-26 will be updated and fielded with current aircraft configuration. Follow on upgrades to the TFE-26 maintenance trainer will be funded by actual aircraft modification programs.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently fielded maintenance trainers have not keep pace with aircraft modifications, are obsolete, and do not provide any useful training capability. . Todayís maintainers do not have the equipment to properly train without using actual aircraft. This requires F-15 squadrons to ground fully mission capable aircraft for maintenance training which impacts the daily flying schedule and combat readiness. To upgrade old trainers is cost prohibitive and would require several "patchwork" fixes.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F

 

ISSUES: Awaiting information from the F-15 SPO and LGF15 for documentation references.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

 

F15C077 - IDENTIFICATION FRIEND OR FOE (IFF) COMBINED INTERROGATOR/TRANSPONDER (CIT) UPGRADE

DESCRIPTION: Commercial off-the-shelf replacement of the entire APX76/APX-101 IFF transponder and interrogator system. Replaces 6 LRUs with one or two reprogrammable LRUs. Software reprogrammability allows for future growth and compatibility with Allied Mode S or future IFF signals. High system reliability (greater than 1000 hours mean time between failure) permit two level maintenance. Contract field team retrofit required.

JUSTIFICATION: Verification that no friendly aircraft are in proximity of a threat is a critical element of virtually all Theater Rules of Engagement. Cooperative identification systems need high reliability and near-100% operating confidence. The existing F-15C/D IFF system design is over 25 year old. System components are difficult to keep in calibration, lack comprehensive built-in-test (BIT), impacted by diminishing source of repair parts. Operational performance is unreliable due to computer firmware errors and processing throughput limitations in dense signal environments resulting in false indications or worse, no indications when friendly aircraft are present. System is not reprogrammable without hardware change. Poor BIT architecture requires pilots to test system performance against wingman aircraft every sortie; system performance cannot be verified prior to take-off. O-level test equipment is unsupportable and unreliable, lacks spare parts for repair.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F (3600 POM request in F-15E PE27134F)

 

ISSUES: Interdependent on F15E084 for 3600 funding. Cost/benefit trade with F15C047 IFF Upgrade. Larger aircraft mod impact than F15C047 IFF Upgrade.

REFERENCES: AF Form 1067 in coordination

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C078 - WIDEBAND DIGITAL RECEIVER FOR RWR

 

DESCRIPTION: This concept proposes to use high speed electronic components that are becoming available to develop a wideband digital receiver to upgrade the Radar Warning Receiver. In such a processor the analog-to-digital converter is moved much closer to the antenna in the processing path than it is in present systems. Most, if not all, of the analog IF components are eliminated. Receiver functions such as filtering, angle-of-arrival estimation, and instantaneous frequency measurement will all be implemented with fully digital methods. As digital receivers allow great flexibility, a number of alternative architectures would be investigated and compared. Tradeoffs among performance, cost, and component availability will be worked, and the best overall system architecture for this application will be determined.

JUSTIFICATION: This program came through the ASC concept call process and should be considered in the Capital Budgeting Model. This concept will correct deficiencies in the current RWR.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE27130F.

ISSUES:

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title:

Development Plan Date & Title: Aerospace Control 30 Sep 1996

Current CINC IPL:

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

F15C079 - IFFINTERROGATOR/TRANSPONDER TEST SET (IFF I/T TS)

DESCRIPTION: A Navy developed, portable, hand held IFF/AAI combined test set to replace both the AN/APM-424 IFF Transponder tester and the AN/APM-339 Interrogator tester. The AN/APM-349 Interrogator Test Set is currently used for testing the AN/APX-76 Air-to-Air Interrogator (AAI) on all F-15 aircraft.

JUSTIFICATION: The 1994 ACC Blackhawk shootdown issue paper number 2 states that the AN/APM-349 Tester is not versatile enough to provide comprehensive ground verification of Mode Four/AAI aircraft systems. The APM-349 is inadequate to field needs both in quantity and capability. First of all, the APM-349 is over 20 years old and has had no parts or capability updates in this time. There are currently 24 testers backordered, 22 unserviceable at WR ALC and 15-20 at the contract repair facility. The repair contractor is currently 12 months in arrears for the first repaired asset delivery. These facts combined with the lack of portability of the tester make it prime candidate for replacement.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

ISSUES:

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title: 96-147, PROCUREMENT OF NEW IFF/AAI TEST SET

Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

F15C080 - ACES II LIGHT WEIGHT OCCUPANT

(SAFETY)

DESCRIPTION:

JUSTIFICATION:

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

 

ISSUES:

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title:

Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861

 

 

 

 

 

 

F15C081 - NEW VIDEO TAPE RECORDER (NVTR )

DESCRIPTION: Upgrade the current video tape recorder with a more capable 8MM recorder. The NVTR will proved more recording time and additional recording sources. The NVTR will be capable of recording a minimum of 3 sources at one time and compatible with the current 8MM ground stations.

JUSTIFICATION: The NVTR is required to replace the Sony EVO-210 recording system currently employed on the F-15 A-D. The EVO-210 was a commercial off the shelf buy designed for a 5 year life. Current systems have been in the field over 3 years and are quickly becoming unsupportable. The EVO-210 is no longer in production with no spare parts available.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 27130F.

 

ISSUES:

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title:

1067 Number & Title:

Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: NO

ACC PEM Name: Maj Kent, DRAO, 4-3861 PEM Backup Name: Maj Johnson, DRAO, 4-3861



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