Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

Joint STARS Testing Takes Off From Edwards

Joint STARS Testing Takes Off From Edwards

By Rob Bardua, Air Force Flight Test Center Public Affairs.

Edwards Air Force Base, California -- (AFPN) September 27, 2002 -- The Air Force's Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, known as Joint STARS, is becoming a familiar sight on the runway here.

A Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System E-8C, an airborne battle management and command and control aircraft, sits on the flightline at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., awaiting its next test mission.

Photo by Rob Bardua

The aircraft and its test team from Melbourne, Fla., are participating in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement, or AMSTE program, developed by Northrop Grumman

The program is demonstrating the ability to precisely engage moving surface targets with modified precision-guided weapons. The Joint STARS, an airborne battle management and command and control system, is proving key to the AMSTE test program

In ongoing testing, real-time information on a moving target is developed from radar sensors. The resulting tracking data is relayed from a Joint STARS aircraft directly to a modified weapon system in flight, such as Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, or Raytheon's Joint Stand-off Weapon, or JSOW

"What we're doing is finding a way to attack moving targets on the ground with affordable, smart (global positioning satellite-type) weapons," said Col. Bob Hood, the director of the Joint STARS test force in Melbourne, Fla., who is in charge of testing for the Joint STARS E-8C aircraft . The test force's overall mission is to develop surveillance and battle management capabilities for all services

After taking off from Edwards during recent test flights, the AMSTE team engaged in complex moving target scenarios at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, Calif. These flight experiments demonstrated multiple, simultaneous JDAM weapon deliveries and integrated AMSTE technologies with the JSOW

According to Hood, first the Joint STARS aircraft must establish a communications link with another radar system, in this case Northrop Grumman Electronic System's BAC-1-11 test radar. Together, the two radar systems track a moving vehicle along the ground while "talking" to the weapon, he added

Finally, the data link guides the weapon in flight onto the vehicle moving on the ground

"The Joint STARS aircraft provides a comprehensive look at the moving targets on the ground," said Hood. "As we move into the MC-2A airplanes that we're developing for the future, we're going to be fusing more information from more sensors and drastically reducing the time from sensor to shooter."

The MC-2A is a modified Boeing 767 aircraft containing a multimission command and control aircraft system. Hood said his team is looking at incorporating information from Global Hawk and other unmanned aerial vehicles and adding sensors to provide an integrated air and ground picture

"By doing so, we'll be able to more quickly find, fix, track and target those elusive moving targets that are so important to prosecuting a fast and furious war," Hood said. "We will be able to deny one of the last sanctuaries to our enemies."

Related Links

 

Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin





Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

Contact