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Command Post Terminals (CPTs) (U)

Overview (U):

(U) The Air Force Command Post Terminals (CPTs) are designed to be rugged, reliable and to survive extreme environments, including modern conventional and nuclear warfare. They provide secure, jam resistant voice, data and teletype communications to both tactical and strategic commanders. CPTs can be used on airborne, fixed ground sites and transportable sites. These terminals are fully compatible with Milstar EHF, UHF and SHF band capabilities currently in development for Milstar. The terminals are also backwards compatible with AFSATCOM terminals.

Details (U):

Description User Impact Programmatics Images
Related Initiatives Related Requirements Related Categories Road Map Placements
Additional Hotlinks Lead Office POC  


Description (U):

(U) Command Post Terminals (CPT) contain mission and test software of over 400,000 lines of code to support the satellite communications requirements of the National Command Authority (NCA) and CINC command centers, as well as serving as the conduit for the real-time warning data from sensor sites. Fixed (AN/FRC-181 (V1)) and Transportable (AN/TRC-194(V1)) terminals will permit high capacity command post operations over EHF and UHF communications satellites. The airborne terminals support the STRATCOM Looking Glass mission and the E-4B NAOC mission. Airborne terminals also operate on the Navy's TACAMO (Take Charge and Move 'Em Out) aircraft. The terminals have a mission control segment interface and the ability to perform full beam management.

User Impact (U):

(U) The Command Post Terminals provide the NCA, CINCs, and MAJCOMs for the first time with the capability to conduct their missions of Emergency Action Message and, Force Direction Message Dissemination, Reportback, CINCNET operations, and Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment through jamming and the effects of High altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse (HEMP) attacks.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Operational/Programmed.

Images (U):

NameTitle
Ground Command Post TerminalMobile Command Post Terminal
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Initiatives (U):
NameTitle
Advanced EHFAdvanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF)
Fleet EHF Package (FEP)Fleet EHF Package (FEP)
Milstar IMilstar I
Milstar IIMilstar II
UHF Follow-on (UFO)Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-on (UFO)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
NameTitle
EHF Ground Segment TerminalsExtremely High Frequency (EHF) Ground Segment Terminals
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

NameTitle
MILSATCOMSPACE FORCE ENHANCEMENT: MILSATCOM
This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

Name
RDT&E Budget Item Project 2487
This Table Is Unclassified.

Lead Office (U):

(U) Air Force.

(U) DoD: OASD(C3I), Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Service Staff: SAF/AWS, Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Major Command:AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
(U) Program Management: ESC, Hanscom AFB, MA

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Lt Col Lawrence Ellis, ESC, Open Phone: (781) 271-6052.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 01 October 1997





(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999