Optionally Piloted Vehicles

Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS)

Ultimate goal was to enable Joint Tactical Air Controllers (JTAC) on the battlefield to request close air support  from the unmanned PCAS platform which will autonomously engage sensors and weapons on aircraft to increase the speed and accuracy of fire support for ground forces. This program planned to demonstrate the concept on an armed, optionally piloted A-10 aircraft.


5-D Role

Design and Integrate a Flight Control System to Operate an A-10C as an Optionally Piloted Vehicle to Demonstrate PCAS Concept

    • Demo System to include High Level of Autonomy
    • Future System to be Fully Autonomous

5-D Specific Responsibilities

Design, Development, Integration, & Test of:

  • Vehicle Management System (VMS)
    • Aircraft Sensors and Actuators
    • Weapons Controls System
    • Flight Control Law Development and Software
    • Weapons Maneuvering Control Algorithms
    • Vehicle Management Computer (VMC)
  • Ground Station
  • Flight Control Simulation
  • Aircraft System Test Set



Ultra Light Sensor Platform (ULSP)

High-altitude, long endurance, optionally piloted, UAV to carry sensor/relay payloads.


5-D Responsibilities

  • System architecture development
  • Subsystem specification, design, and evaluation
  • Test set development
  • System integration, ground test, flight test
  • Datalink integration
  • Payload integration support
  • Technology insertion support
  • Engineering process guidance





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