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  1. Operational Verification and Use of TAWS Col Mary Lockhart, ACC/DOW Lt Col (s) Brian Patterson, 120 FS CDR (s) Ray Chartier Jr, NPMOD Fallon Capt Donald Bohannon, MAWTS-1 Mr. William Stamper, NMOPDD Atlantic, Norfolk

  2. Overview • Strike Aircraft Mission Planning • TAWS Program Review • Operational Verification / Evaluation of TAWS • TAWS and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) • Way Ahead

  3. Objective BOTOT & Survive!!! Provide mission planning tools to optimize attack effectiveness while minimizing threat exposure

  4. Key Info for Attack Planning • Objective: Plan that integrates sensors to optimize attack effectiveness while minimizing threat exposure • Attack axis • Attack timing • Optimum altitude • Sensor cueing • Thermal crossover • Polarity • Wx-Impacted illumination

  5. Cost: $1,140,000 Cost: $185,000 Cost: $2,375,000 Cost: $485,000 Weapon Success Rate Wx Loss: $4,185,000

  6. Why use TAWS? IR Sensor

  7. TAWS Review • Predicts performance of PGMs & TAS • Supports NVG, TV, Laser & IR • Attack axis & timing • Optimum altitude • Sensor cueing • Thermal crossover • Polarity • Illumination • Wx- Impacted Illumination • DTED – terrain masking • PFPS / FalconView Interface

  8. TAWS “Team Concept”Intel, OPS and WX Weather forecasters assist in Mission Planning Cell (MPC) & provide the TAWS weather file

  9. TAWS Mission Planning / Execution TOT-24 hrs TOT-3 hrs Pilot Brief Sensor viewing / detection range information MPC Attack plan (angle/altitude/time) and sensor selection “Decision-quality weather during mission planning, rather than showstoppers at step time”

  10. TAWS / PFPS Interface

  11. TAWS Use / Contingency Operations • Distribution: • TAWS V 1 & 2: DOD Weather units • TAWS Version 3: PFPS Users (aviators) – Fall 03 • OIF/OEF/ONE • Must stay OPS focused • High resolution tgts modeled

  12. Operational Verification / Evaluation • Operational Feedback • TAWS Design Reviews at Weapons School • Mission Planners Users Conferences (MPUC) • Weapons & Tactics Conferences • Air to Ground Weapon System Evaluation Program (A/G WSEP) • Air wing training visits • Statistical inflight video review & subjective pilot surveys • TAWS Prediction Evaluations • Spanned the globe • Various platforms, weapon systems and missions

  13. Air Warfare Center Weapons School Red Flag JEFX Air Warrior Navy Fallon MCAS Yuma Operational Evaluation Areas Additional Testers PACAF USAFE CENTAF ANG AFRL A-G WSEP ONW OSW Bosnia Coronet Nighthawk

  14. TDA Verification • EOTDA MDT • EOTDA Lock-on • AGM-65 Maverick Lock-on • TAWS 30% • TAWS 70% • Pilot Detect

  15. Not Useful Somewhat Useful Useful Mission Essential TDA Pilot Survey Rated pre-mission and inflight usefulness of data

  16. Operation Iraqi Freedom • 68% of Weapons dropped were PGM’s • 70% of Iraq cloud free only 30% of the time • Traditional strike planning at multiple locations • Time-sensitive targeting

  17. Time Sensitive Targeting • Primary: CTBM (Counter SCUD) • Other: CAS, CSAR, Rescort, AI, DCA

  18. Detection Range (TAWS) ID Altitude (IRTSS) Threats Clouds & Winds GOB Platform Selection Weapons Load out Search Flow ROE TST & TDA Tactical Planning

  19. Clearing the “Picture” w/TDA’s

  20. Way Ahead Atmospherics • Improve atmospheric transmission models (physics) • Robust automated weather models (validation) • Upper atmospheric modeling (U-2, Globalhawk) • Aerosols • Climatology • Weather data cubes Computing • Platform independence • Simplify: 3 Clicks • Integration with JMPS • Run-time improvements • Uplink to cockpit : Rapid re-targeting support Targeteering • Model additional sensors / targets • Target building capability

  21. GAIN SYM CEN CPL NORM ACT CNTL FIX 40 6 2 2 22 A-65H A-65G 6 330 33 340 20 340 22 F39 1A2S6B +25 11L 010 12REDI 350 SWAP TAD DCLT SMS BRT CON TAWS Real Time in Cockpit 2 H 33 13 X X X X X

  22. TAWS: Bottom-line • TAWS is designed to integrate with current mission planning tools • TAWS “improves target acquisition and detection ” and “improved battlefield position selection” • Enables the shooter to exploit the battlefield

  23. Questions ? ? ?