TacAir News and Views

WINN Team Receives the PEO(T) Spotlight Award for DEC 2014

Program Executive Officer, Tactical Programs (PEO(T)), RADM “BD” Gaddis,  recently presented the Spotlight Award for Dec 2014 to the WINN team, of which TacAir is a member. During FY14, the WINN team completed the NATIP manuals for the F/A-18 and E/A-18G. These documents are composed of 14,831 pages, 157 chapters and 26 appendices. The WINN team raised the bar on performance in FY14 by publishing 61 weapons systems chapters and releasing 74 permanent weapons flight clearances, which is a 250% increase over FY13. The WINN team is recognized by the Fleet as the technical experts on F/A-18 and EA-18G capabilities. The WINN team also took on the role of leading the FY14 NATOPS and is involved in reshaping the process to streamline future NATOPS updates. Through their continued dedication and attention to detail, the WINN team demonstrated their dedication to the U.S. Navy and the individual warfighter.

Joint Strike Fighter Experimentation Support

November 2013 – Tactical Air Support, Inc. (TacAir) is contracted by Lockheed Martin Corporation to provide subject matter experts (SMEs) in support of experimentation studies for Joint Strike Fighter (F-35C) integration and interoperability with the Carrier Air Wing and Carrier Strike Group of tomorrow. The distributed Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) experimentation is led and centered at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation in Suffolk, Virginia.
TacAir SMEs bring technical, tactical, and operational expertise to the effort – providing not only recent operational experience, but also rapid reach back to active duty tactical leaders. TacAir’s contributions lend an exceptional level of credibility and realism to experiment scenarios, and provide “apples-to-apples” comparisons with other acquisition studies.
- By Will Burney and Scott Gallagher (Tactical Air Support, Inc)

AGM-88E AARGM Block II Functional Design

October 2013 – Tactical Air Support, Inc. contracted with a large prime defense contractor to further refine the functional design of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Block II. AARGM provides the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Italian Air Force the latest and most advanced weapon system for engaging and destroying enemy air defenses and time-critical mobile targets.

AARGM is a supersonic, medium-range, air-launched tactical missile compatible with U.S. and allied strike aircraft, including all variants of the F/A 18, Tornado, EA-6B, EA-18G, F-16 and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

- By Andrew Gamble (Tactical Air Support, Inc.)

Tactical Combat Training System Support

August 2013 – Tactical Air Support, Inc. has been contracted to provide strategic and tactical expertise to NAVAIR 4.10 Air Warfare Analysis, most recently as a team member for a gap analysis specific to Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) capabilities inherent in the next generation of the Tactical Combat Training System (TCTS). Emerging and existing combat scenarios have exceeded traditional training range and simulation capabilities.

This study examines existing requirements for the TCTS variant currently in development under PMA-205 versus Fleet Forces Command requirements for LVC systems, in order to see where TCTS will enhance LVC and where gaps in desired LVC capabilities will remain. Also, as part of this study, an update to the TCTS threat simulation library has been coordinated between TOPGUN and PMA-205.

- By Scott Gallagher (Tactical Air Support, Inc.)

Naval Aviation Technical Information Product

March 2013 – Tactical Air Support, Inc. (TacAir) is awarded a multi-year Task Order to continue work on Naval Aviation Technical Information Product (NATIP), which serves as permanent flight clearance for tactical systems and is the engineering foundation for TOPGUN/MAWTS/HAVOC/FMS tactics development. TacAir began work on NATIP in 2010.

As part of this contract, TacAir is providing program management and operational subject matter expert support of PMA-265 for the F/A-18A-D, E/F and EA-18G NATIP. Work on this project requires the facilitation of an unprecedented level of collaboration between NAVAIR engineers and fleet weapons schools. The result is a cohesive technical document that has become the go-to resource for fleet Hornet and Growler aircrew.

- By Rich Alford (Tactical Air Support, Inc.)

Navy UCAS-D Program Support

May 2012 – Working under a support contract to the MITRE Corporation, Tactical Air Support, Inc. began leading a software development team and is providing operational subject matter expertise for the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System-Demonstration (UCAS-D) Program Office’s Autonomy and Technology Group. This project integrates a senior team of software and control systems engineers with highly experienced naval aviators, using modern methods to develop autonomous behavioral control software in ways that significantly increase affordability, interoperability and speed to the fleet.

Successful demonstrations to date include Case III carrier recoveries, formation flying for air-to-air refueling, and waypoint following with smart restricted area avoidance using F/A-18 Comprehensive Surrogate and Shadow class air vehicle simulators and flight-worthy hardware in-the-loop.

Hornet/Growler Architechture Support

Tactical Air Support, Inc. will now provide operational subject matter experts to PMA-265 and MITRE Corporation. This project provides expertise in the development of the FA-18E/F and EA-18G architectures and ensures that operational views accurately represent all relevant nodes, behaviors and interfaces. The overall objective of the task is to align operations and systems to improve synergy with model-based systems engineering, and to promote interoperability and collaborative engagement.
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