Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

III.E.07. Battlefield Combat Identification (BCID) ATD. This ATD is aimed at solving the combat identification (ID) problem underscored by the lessons learned from Operation Desert Storm. The effort will build upon the Battlefield Combat Identification System (BCIS), which is a millimeter wave question and answer, target ID system developed for ground vehicle platforms. This ATD forms the technical foundation for the FY96 start Combat Identification ACTD, which will demonstrate an integrated ground-to-ground and air-to-ground combat ID capability. An enhanced version of BCIS with digital data link for improved situational awareness and various air-to-ground concepts including direct sensing Target ID, Don’t Shoot Me Net, and Situational Awareness Through Sight approaches will be investigated and selected concepts will be demonstrated in the Force XXI Brigade exercise in FY97 and in the ASCIET 97 field exercise to support a milestone decision in FY98. Probability of correct ID of 99 percent to 1.5X the effective range of the weapon, and position location accuracy of 100 meters or better will be demonstrated. In FY98, the ATD will demonstrate through sight concepts that integrate enhanced friendly and hostile ID. Additionally, concepts for lightweight combat identification for the dismounted soldier will be investigated in BLWEs during FY95-97. A laser-based solution for the soldier-to-soldier and potentially vehicle interoperable application will be demonstrated in both a stand-alone version and as an integrated function in the Land Warrior equipment suite to support a milestone decision in FY97.

Supports: BCIS, Land Warrior, Protecting the Force, Digitizing the Battlefield, Winning the Information War.

Gerry Melendez Carolyn Nash Charles Campbell
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