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

III.Q.04. Battlefield Ordnance Awareness (BOA). Objective is to demonstrate a near real time ordnance reporting system using onboard processing with space sensors. This technology will provide near real time battlefield visualization of friendly and enemy ordnance fires and cruise missile launches. It addresses the need to target ordnance delivery for counterfire purposes, a major battlefield deficiency. While systems exist to locate and track vehicle traffic and radio frequency transmitters for intelligence preparation of the battlefield, no system currently exists that reports type, time, and sightings of either red or blue ordnance. The BOA capability will identify the ordnances by type and provide position information for counter fire opportunities, as well as Battle Damage Assessment, blue forces ordnance inventory, information for dispatch of logistical and medical support, and search and rescue. It also has the potential to type classify launch systems using the time domain intensity information in specific spectral bands. Advanced processor technology will be used with state-of-the-art staring focal plane arrays to provide critical information to battlefield commanders. By FY97, acquire ordnance data by type and develop algorithms for near real time processing. By FY98, demonstrate near real time ordnance reporting with the BOA space sensor/processor package from a fixed platform. In FY99, develop a space qualified BOA sensor package with state-of-the-art near real time, on board processing. Demonstrate airborne units in warfighting exercises by FY00. In FY01, complete space qualification and integrate into DoD Tri-Service Space Test Program Launch Vehicle. In FY02, demonstrate BOA capability from space platform and transition to the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO) and Army PEO-Field Artillery Systems.

Supports: USCENTCOM, USEUCOM, Depth and Simultaneous Attack Battle Lab, and PEO Field Artillery Systems.

George Edlin Ron Norris CPT Aaron Walter
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