Combat Search and Rescue 



 Overview: The Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Mission Area Plan (MAP) provides a long-range modernization plan for the aircraft weapon systems that are responsible for conducting CSAR and other assigned missions. This MAP identifies the tasks required to be accomplished by CSAR forces in support of theater and national military objectives and identifies the major shortfalls of current CSAR forces’ ability to accomplish those tasks. In addition, this MAP also identifies recommended solutions, to the task accomplishment shortfalls, in the form of aircraft weapon system acquisition or modification programs and/or insertion of key emerging technologies.

 Mission Area Assessment (MAA): The primary operational task of CSAR forces is to recover downed aircrew members or other isolated personnel during war. Additionally, CSAR forces are tasked to perform rescue operations in military operations other than war (MOOTW). These MOOTW tasks include civil search and rescue (SAR), emergency aeromedical evacuation (MEDEVAC), disaster relief, international aid, noncombatant evacuation operations, counter-drug operations, and Space Shuttle support. CSAR forces responsible for accomplishing these tasks utilize the Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and Lockheed HC-130P/N Hercules.

 Mission Needs Analysis (MNA): The major needs/deficiencies impacting CSAR forces’ ability to accomplish their primary and other assigned operational tasks are as follows: 

Mission Solution Analysis (MSA): Solution options identified in this MAP, for resolving the CSAR Mission Area’s major task accomplishment shortfalls, focus primarily on providing the HH-60G and HC-130P/N CSAR aircraft with effective situational awareness, countermeasures, and self-protection capability against various air-to-air and surface-to-air threats; capability to communicate beyond line-of-sight with survivors and controlling agencies; capability to locate/pickup survivors at night and in adverse weather conditions; capability to safely ingress/egress over land/water to survivor’s location at low level altitudes, at night, and in adverse weather conditions; meeting FAA and DoD mandated air traffic control, navigation, and flight safety related modification requirements; and improving weapon system reliability, maintainability, and supportability. In addition, this MAP identifies potential HH-60G and HC-130P/N aircraft replacement and/or service life extension program options due to each aircraft approaching their respective service life limitations.  

Bottom Line Impact: All potential solutions delineated in this MAP are designed to meet identified CAF needs and resolve shortfalls of current CSAR aircraft weapon systems’ ability to accomplish assigned operational tasks. Implementing these solutions will provide CSAR aircraft with the capabilities required to effectively prosecute combat rescue missions and other assigned non-combat operations.

Last Updated: 25 September 1998