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AIR FORCE MISSION SUPPORT SYSTEM (AFMSS) MPS-III PFPS Air Force ACAT IAC Program Prime Contractor Total Number of Systems: 2,900 AFMSS/UNIX-based Systems: Total Program Cost (TY$): $652M+ Sanders (Lockheed Martin) Average Unit Cost (TY$): N/A AFMSS/PFPS Systems: Full-rate production: Incremental Tybrin Corp Blocks C2.0, C2.1 FY97 Blocks C2.2 FY99 PFPS 3.0, 3.01 FY98 SYSTEM DESCRIPTION & CONTRIBUTION TO JOINT VISION 2010 The Air Force Mission Support System (AFMSS) program is developing a family of hardware and software products providing automated mission planning support for Air Force aircraft and precision guided munitions. AFMSS is becoming a significant command and control enhancement necessary to provide information superiority to the dominant maneuver force. The acquisition of AFMSS is evolutionary. Software for Mission Planning Systems (MPS) is UNIX-based, runs on UNIX workstations, and is being released in “Blocks.” Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS) versions are Microsoft Windows-based and run on IBM-compatible PCs. AFMSS uses several hardware configurations comprised of commercial off-the-shelf hardware to meet system requirements. AFMSS software is loaded on a specific hardware configuration with Aircraft/Weapon/Elect- ronics modules and other Installable Software Modules to provide a mission planning environment (MPE) for each aircraft type. AFMSS MPEs for low observable (LO) aircraft include a software module V-5 called the Common Low Observable Autorouter (CLOAR) to plan routes that minimize exposure to threat systems. Aircraft with electronic data transfer capability employ aircraft-unique hardware peripherals to prepare data transfer devices (DTDs) for uploading mission information into aircraft computers. The outputs of AFMSS-based MPEs are combat mission folders (consisting of maps, images, and flight information) and DTDs. A Y2K solution has been fielded for all AFMSS users, except the A-10, for which an MPE is currently in operational test. Several Tanker Airlift Special Mission aircraft MPEs will be fielded after January 2000. These aircraft do not currently use automated mission planning tools. The earliest MPS Block releases ran on the MPS-I and MPS-II hardware configurations. These older systems are currently being replaced by faster, more compact MPS-III hardware configurations; over 230 MPS-III hardware suites have been fielded to date. AFMSS MPS users will be upgrading to even more capable hardware suites in the short term; the B-2 to the MPS-IV hardware configuration and the F-16 and U-2 to the MPS-V hardware configuration. As noted above, AFMSS PFPS users employ conventional IBM-compatible PC workstations and laptops. Eventually, all Air Force AFMSS users and Navy platforms using legacy mission planners will migrate to the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) architecture. JMPS is described in a separate annual report. BACKGROUND INFORMATION The AFMSS program began in 1990 with a UNIX-based automated mission planning system. Earlier versions had limited capabilities and did not fully meet user requirements. Development of Block C2.0 software began in 1996 and was completed by 2QFY97. On February 21, 1997, DOT&E approved the baseline TEMP for Blocks C2.0 and C2.1 of AFMSS and the TEMP annex covering B-2 MPE testing. A test plan template for all aircraft types was also approved in February 1997. In addition, selected individual test plans for Block C2.0 MPEs were reviewed and approved by DOT&E prior to testing to ensure a consistent test approach. Block C2.0 MPEs for several aircraft types underwent operational test and evaluation during 1997 and 1998. Overall, the effectiveness of Block C2.0 was rated as marginally satisfactory for all users except the F-117A and B-2. User requirements for the B-2 and F-117A MPEs were not met with Block C2.0 versions. Suitability for Block C2.0 was rated as unsatisfactory. Block C2.0 systems have now been upgraded or replaced by later AFMSS versions or PFPS-based MPEs. Block C2.1 software completed development in 1998. Development of Block C2.2 software was completed in late CY98. On December 31, 1998, DOT&E approved the TEMP for Blocks C2.1 and C2.2. DOT&E has also approved test plans for operational test and evaluation of Block C2.2 MPEs for B-52H, B-1B, F-15E with AGM-130, and F-117A. The first Block C2.2 MPE, the B-2 v1.5, entered operational test and evaluation in December 1998. (Note that Block C2.2 is the UNIX, Y2K-compliant version of AFMSS software). PFPS version 3.01 (for Windo

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