USAF to modernise air surveillance and defence system


The US Air Force's (USAF) Hanscom Air Force Base is working on the modernisation of its air surveillance and defence system.

The Battle Control Systems Fixed (BCS-F) provides an air picture for North America and allows air battle managers to execute command-and-control missions by taking multiple sources of data and assigns them different values such as calculating position and displaying on the operator's screen.

The planned project includes processing of new data sets such as the automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B).

Tactical display framework and functions such as alerts and track history will also be upgraded, as part of the project.

"When we integrate ADS-B, we’ll get information from the Federal Aviation Administration that would improve accuracy, and details about an aircraft."

Hanscom AFB launch deputy project manager 1st Lieutenant Dylan Byrd said: “With the current BCS, we get multiple feeds to create the air picture, and when we integrate ADS-B, we’ll get information from the Federal Aviation Administration that would improve accuracy, and details about an aircraft.

“For instance, if we saw a stuck track, we’d have the ability to pull up the emitter category of the aircraft to see if it’s a helicopter instead of tasking resources to get a visual confirmation.”

Upon completing market research to determine industry interest and capability, the AFB's programme office would issue a request for proposal toward the end of the next fiscal year.

The programme office is also looking to update the Correlator Tracker’s Earth Model to a more accurate model, known as Earth Centered Earth Fixed.


Image: North American Aerospace Defense Command air defence operators conduct a daily air sovereignty mission at the Eastern Air Defense Sector. Photo: courtesy of US Air National Guard.