Innovative C4I for AWACS

Period of Performance: 05/10/1999 - 05/10/2002


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Daniel H. Wagner, Assoc., Inc.
559 West Uwchlan Avenue Array
Exton, PA 19341
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


The objective of this Phase II effort is to demonstrate, through the use of working prototypes, innovative C4I functions that enhance performance of E-3 AWACS. These functions are called "Level 2 Fusion" as opposed to Tracking and ID Fusion, which is "Level 1." The two categories of features validated in Phase I are (1) situation assessment and (2) sensor management. Situation Assessment includes functions that examine the real-time and stored data and provide analyzed information that improves operators' understanding and awareness of the tactical situation. Examples include maintaining track continuity through terrain masked regions. Sensor Management functions examine real-time and stored data and respond to operator tasking, providing real-time adjustments to sensors. Their purpose is to improve track and ID performance through better allocation of sensor resources. An example is the automatic management of radar subsectors with settings for detecting specific platform types. The work will include designing algorithms and software, implementing software in laboratory environments, demonstrating working software to Air Force representatives, and providing an opportunity to demonstrate the software in a flying platform.