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

Miscellaneous Systems

 

MISC001 COMBAT SURVIVOR EVADER LOCATOR (CSEL), HAND HELD RADIOS AND TEST/DATA LOADING/CONFIGURATION COMPUTERS

DESCRIPTION: The Hand Held Survival Radio comes with enhanced over the horizon, LPI/LPD and Geo Positioning capabilities and will replace existing no longer supportable PRC 90 Survival Radios. Test and configuration computers are specially configured PCs to load required software data, test points, and CSAR configurations into the Hand Held Radios.

JUSTIFICATION: Provides near real time secure data transmissions/geo-positioning, not subject to terrain masking and distance limitations, in support of isolated personnel recovery missions in low, medium, and high threat scenarios. PCs are an integral component of the CSEL infrastructure/network and are required to load classified crypto data, Isoprep information, rescuer data, and signal routing information. Without the configuration computer the Hand Held Radios are inoperable.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: Life Support PE 702833F

ISSUES: 1. OSD partially funded the CSEL program. AF will receive 11,000 Hand Held Radios from that funding. This leaves a CAF disconnect of 4000 hand held devices. Funding line as indicated will purchase the remaining assets.

2. Configuration/test PCs are not included in the OSD funding line for this program. Without these devices the Hand held will not be able to be tested, configured, or placed into operation.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: USAF 019-92 ORD Number & Title: CAF/USAF 019-92-I-A

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title: N/A

Current CINC IPL: N/A

ACC PEM Name: CMSgt Steve Culbreth, 4-5892 PEM Backup Name: Maj Rick Newman, 4-5892

 

 

 

 

 

MISC008 -- Tactical Environment Simulation (TES)

 

DESCRIPTION: The Tactical Environment Simulation (TES) system provides a common virtual environment simulation of the various players or entities with which a manned device interacts. TES has three elements that are involved in training development and weapon delivery process: 1. stand-alone editors that develop the basic models to be simulated; 2. mission development system to generate initialization files and provide a mission preview service; and, 3. the TES runtime environment provides the manned device simulation with a picture of the synthetic environment used in each training exercise. The TES software package provides the ability to simulate multiple independent force structures with independent command and control networks. Elements of the command and control structures can be individually simulated down to the communications data links including tactical behavior of command post sites. The fundamental components of TES are entities (platform, service, executive, and interface) which interact with the manned simulator. They are fully interactive with each other and determine behavior based on their sensed perception on their environment. Entity performance is data driven at the discretion of the modeler. Tactical behavior is modeled separately from physical performance. TES has a network interface to provide functionality into the DIS environment for multiple device scenarios.

 

 

MISC021 -- Passively Stabilized Ejection Seat

DESCRIPTION: This concept adapts the past performance and aircrew recovery success established by the Russian K-36D ejection seat, produced by the Joint Stock Company RD&PE Zvezda, to develop "derivatives" of the seat which can be integrated into U.S. military aircraft. With a demonstrated operational envelope of 700+KEAS, Mach 2.5, and 70,000 ft, the Russian seat has superior performance over similar western seat systems. In cooperation with Zvezda, the baseline K-36D would be modified in accordance with established design, operational, and integration requirements for U. S. aircraft to design, fabricate, and qualify derivatives for U.S. systems. These derivative seats would retain the basic components which contribute to the superior performance of the Russian K-36D seat: namely; the passive stabilization booms, and abundant seat/man center-of-gravity eccentricity tolerance. In addition, key features of the pilot restraint system which also add to the success of the seat would be retained. These include the flow deflection system, and leg and arm retention devices.

 

 

 

MISC031 AFMSS -- Air Force Mission Support System

DESCRIPTION: The AFMSS mission planning system (MPS) is an integrated, multiple user, deployable mission planner that receives data from various sources to plan a mission and provide both printed and electronic materials. The MPS is able to upload and download information from aircraft data transfer devices (DTD). AFMSS MPS will interface with various near real time data feeds. These data feeds range from a fully integrated wing command control system (WCCS) to various levels of individual weather systems (automated weather distribution system [AWDS] and combat weather system [CWS]), intelligence (combat intelligence system [CIS]), and operations data systems. Central to its operation is the flight planning function, which acts as the interface between the AFMSS and the mission planner to produce necessary employment data for the mission. Other functions include weapons attack and ballistics computation and threat penetration analysis. Weapons delivery computation includes the ability to develop precise attack parameters and supply on-board weapons delivery computer data for selected munitions and attacks. Threat penetration analysis provides an ongoing graphical threat assessment during route development. The AFMSS also employs digitized map, terrain, and imagery data to support all AFMSS functions.

JUSTIFICATION: The AFMSS is a third generation mission planning system designed to increase mission planning capability above that of its predecessors while at the same time eliminate the individual "stove-pipe" systems. AFMSS increases mission planning capability by providing a significant increase in computational speed, data storage capability, and user friendliness. In addition to exceeding all previous CAF mission planner capabilities (MSS II, TRUMPS, MDPS, etc.), the AFMSS open architecture allows easy addition of software for any weapon system requiring a mission planning or DTD loading capability.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE 28006

ISSUES: With the direction to bring the Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS) under the AFMSS umbrella, and the direction to migrate to GCCS DII/COE with the JMPS, AFMSS finds itself developing a software solution which will run on numerous hardware environments to include the PC. Every platform in the Air Force inventory will use some version of AFMSS. Whether it is the current high end Unix workstation or a basic PC system, the hardware and software MPE will be defined based on individual user requirements. Any weapon system targeted to use precision guided munitions (PGMs: WCMD, JASSM, JDAM, etc) will require an AFMSS to program the weapon. In addition, aircraft such as the F-22, B-2 (block 30), and the JSF must have AFMSS to program the avionics in order to fly. The B-2 and F-117 need AFMSS and the Common Low Observable Auto Router (CLOAR) in order to be effective in combat with the low observable technology. The bottom line is, ALL platforms will either require (must have) or benefit from AFMSS. We can no longer think of AFMSS as a single system with a generic "life cycle cost" - automated mission planning will not end. With the rapid advances in computer technology, we must assume every mission planning environment will need to change (i.e. upgraded or replaced) every few years. In addition, impacts from changes in other systems such as WCCS and CIS will force changes in AFMSS. When core AFMSS changes, each AWE must rewrite their software in order to be compatible. Therefore each aircraft solution should have continual funding throughout its life cycle.

REFERENCES:

MNS SON Number & Title: TAF 312-87 (S)ORD Number & Title: TAF 312-87-III-B SAC 013-87(S) Air Force Mission Support System (AFMSS) MAC 07-88

1067 Number & Title: Development Plan Date & Title: Current CINC IPL: No ACC PEM Name: Maj David Eastman PEM Backup Name: Capt Sam Kovacic SMO-P, 4-3311 DOTW, 4-5693

 

MISCOO33 Advanced Concept Ejection Seat II (ACES II) R&D For Light Weight Occupant Upgrades

DESCRIPTION: The ACES II system was originally designed to accommodate the 5 to 95 percent male population and requires studies/limited research and development to accommodate the expanded population of aircrews that fly combat aircraft.

JUSTIFICATION: DOD directives allowing an expanded population into combat roles (including ACES II equipped combat aircraft crew positions) have created a situation in which many individuals do not fall into weights for which systems were designed. This causes less that optimal performance of the ejection seat and subjects individuals to higher ejection injury risks is some situations. The ACES II Continuous Improvement Program (CIP) managed at HSC and supported by ASC engineering is/will continue to work this problem. Currently endeavors include examining deficiencies and solutions to anthropometric accommodation of the seat, seat stability during ejections, and improved arm and leg restraints for ejection. These endeavors are expected to result in recommendations for specific solutions. Funding for the follow-on development is anticipated as noted below. Funding for implementation of approved solutions will be through Aircraft SPO and Program Elements using 3010 dollars.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: 603231F

ISSUES: After studies and approved solutions are finalized 3010 funds will be procured through A/C PEMs and SPOs for aircraft specific improvements.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF-AMC-AETC 319-93, ORD: N/A

Aircrew Protection

1067 Number & Title: TBD Development Plan & Date: N/A

Current CINC IPL: N/A

ACC PEM Name: CMSgt Culbreth, 4-5892 PEM Backup: Maj Newman, 4-5892

 

 

MISC0036 - Night Vision Goggle (NVG) and Associated Test Equipment

DESCRIPTION: Provides Combat Air Force Aircrews with an interim Non Development Item, 1.29lb helmet mounted NVG that has a 40 degree horizontal and vertical field of view.

JUSTIFICATION: Aircrews have been top down directed to accomplish missions at night that require NVG capability during adverse conditions involving all aspects of flight (i.e. Fast FAC, target acquisition at night, day tactic at night etc.). These goggles will offer a Non Development Solution until Panoramic Goggles that offer a 100 degree field of view horizontal, 40 degree field of view vertical, are ejection compatible, cockpit compatible, safer, can be procured (projected FY03).

PROGRAM ELEMENT: 702833F

Pro/Del Qty 312/312 208/208

ISSUES: 1. Funding as indicated will complete the Model 4949 NVG buy. Previous goggles were funded through unexacutable program funds or from other methods within ACC and Air Staff to obtain dollars.

2. Testers required to accomplish NVG maintenance are required to ensure correct user fit and to check goggles for operational capability. The few testers owned to date have been procured in much the same method as listed in issue one, however, not at the same rate. It is unsafe to continue buying goggles without a maint/test/user fit capability.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: Unknown ORD Number & Title: SAC SORD 309-87-I/II

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title: N/A

Current CINC IPL: N/A

ACC PEM Name: CMSgt Steve Culbreth, 4-5892 PEM Backup Name: Maj Rick Newman, 4-5892

 

MISC037 - Advance Concept Aircrew Protection System

DESCRIPTION: Provide aircrew with advanced technologies life support, survival, and rescue/recovery equipment. Will integrate new materials, multi functional equipment concepts, and aircraft integrated systems to reduce weight, bulk, thermal stress, and unsafe equipment layering. Additionally, this will ensure compatibility with current and projected aircraft inventory and will be designed to accommodate the entire aircrew population with emphasis on mission enhancement.

JUSTIFICATION: Current equipment is based on dated (inferior) technologies and materials that have become increasingly difficult to support. Emergence of new threats, expansion of operation environments, and the required to accommodate a broader aircrew (user) population has widened the gap between available life support equipment and needed capability. Additionally, aircraft mishaps and material deficiency reports have identified shortcomings with existing systems. The lack of life support equipment which meets mission requirements forces users to purchase untested and insupportable equipment. Currently aircrews are required to don multiple and/or cumbersome combinations of protective equipment to prepare for normal flight operations as well as egress, survival, and recovery. These combinations add excessive weight that inflicts fatigue, which subsequently limits endurance, and impairs performance. Equipment failure and insufficient protection has been attributed to deficiencies in current equipment and has resulted in extended survival situations, injury, death and loss of aircraft. Protective equipment and life support systems capabilities have not kept pace with development/capabilities of current and proposed USAF aircraft and the expanded aircrew populations.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: 64706 (3600) 702833F (3080)

ISSUES: Funding required to explore concepts and solutions. Will POM for Production if feasible at next POM opportunity.

REFERENCES:

MNS: CAF-AMC-AETC 319-93 Aircrew Protection (in Coord) ORD: TBD

Development Plan Date & Title:

Life Support Development Plan Sep 97

Current CINC IPL: No

ACC PEM Name: CMSgt Culbreth, DRSS, 4-5892 PEM Backup: Maj Rick Newman

DRSS, 4-5892



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