PCAS Prototype Completes Successful Tests on A-10 Thunderbolt II Fighter

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As module approaches completion, formula advise that digital air-ground coordination record has a intensity to yield an rare synchronized bargain of a active battlefield


DARPA recently demonstrated a Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) antecedent complement on an A-10 Thunderbolt II conflict aircraft, imprinting a system’s entrance on a U.S. Air Force platform. The tests, that concerned 50 successful sorties nearby Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, showed that a warfighter portion as a corner depot conflict controller (JTAC) on a belligerent could, in seamless coordination with a pilot, successfully authority an airstrike with as few as 3 clicks on a tablet.

The PCAS module envisions some-more precise, prompt and easy air-ground coordination for tighten atmosphere support (CAS)—delivery of airborne munitions to support belligerent forces—and other missions underneath stressful operational conditions and in formidable environments. It aims to do so by a growth of a complement that enables a pity of real-time situational recognition and weapons-systems data, regulating technologies concordant with roughly any aircraft. Among a system’s envisioned advantages is a ability to use smaller munitions to strike smaller, mixed or relocating targets while minimizing a occurrence of accessible glow and material damage.

During a new A-10 tests, 10 of a sorties featured live-fire weapons engagements regulating a reduction of laser- and GPS-guided munitions—all of that were finished successfully within a six-minute idea a module has set. Coordination was enabled by PCAS-Ground module regulating on customized inscription computers operative in and with PCAS-Air, an onboard, programmed targeting system. PCAS tactical datalinks facilitated information pity between a commander and JTAC to establish a timed recover of precision-guided munitions.

“Close atmosphere support and identical operations rest on teamwork, and we have shown that a stretchable design and extensible record toolsets are pivotal to creation groundbreaking improvements in air-ground coordination,” pronounced Dan Patt, DARPA module manager. “These and other exam formula advise PCAS-like approaches have a intensity to yield an rare synchronized bargain of a active battlefield.” Patt final week described a formerly unreleased formula of a moody proof during DARPA’s Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum in St. Louis.

The A-10 tests used a chronicle of PCAS-Ground module called a Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK). Developed by PCAS module partner Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y. (AFRL-RI) in and with a U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), ATAK is a situational recognition and targeting apparatus that has transitioned to thousands of people opposite a corner Services.

The A-10 proof flights, conducted from Apr by Jun this year, came on a heels of identical successful tests conducted progressing this year with a U.S. Marine Corps. Those tests enclosed a successful moody proof regulating a MV-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor straight takeoff and alighting (VTOL) aircraft. As partial of DARPA’s end of a program, DARPA is also operative with a Army on other PCAS transition activity applicable to belligerent army and manned and unmanned aircraft.

Source: DARPA