Airborne networking of military weapon systems is a critical capability needed for Net-Centric Operations on the modern day battlefield.
Airborne Web Services provides the US Air Force’s Electronic Systems Center (ESC) and Command and Control (C2) community with Net-Centric visualization capability that utilizes airborne networking technology allowing shared situational awareness between aircraft and ground stations.
Built on Ultra Electronics, ProLogic’s Service Oriented Visualization Framework (SOVF) Net-Centric Visualization technology this system utilizes an open Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Net-Centric Enterprise Solutions for Interoperability (NESI) design guidelines.
AWS is designed to satisfy enhanced situational awareness requirements for in-flight air battle managers on the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JointSTARS) along with controllers and commanders on the ground in the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC). AWS applications include visualization of:
- Air Tasking Orders
- Blue & Red Force Tracking
- Air Tracks
- Ground Moving Target Indicators (GMTI)
- Imagery (SAR, NITF)
- Airspace Control Orders
- Coordination Lines (FLOT, FSCL, FEBA)
AWS automates AWACS and JointSTARS air battle manager’s workflow and enhances decision support for C2 operations and Time-Sensitive Targeting (TST). This increased situational awareness and automated workflow is specifically designed to reduce timelines in the kill chain.
Two AWS clients are available based on widely used military technologies:
- Commercial Joint Mapping Toolkit (C/JMTK)
AWS was highlighted in the large-scale Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s directed Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment (JEFX) 06 as part of an AWACS effort demonstrating Net-Centric warfare using the Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) data link system.