Air Force selected IEWS to develop and produce AFMSS
-- the next-generation automated mission planning system.
One major subset of AFMSS is the Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS) suite, the components of which are developed by the 46th Test Squadron using time and material service contracts with TYBRIN Corp.
Since contract award in 1992, Lockheed Martin Sanders and then BAE SYSTEMS has fielded over a thousand AFMSS units in nine different configurations.
An Air Force computer-based mission planning system, AFMSS provides advanced automation tools to assist aircrews in pre-mission planning and post-mission debriefing.
Additional copies of the software were provided to nearly 30 third-party developers of Aircraft/Weapons/Electronics (AWE) modules for the AFMSS system.
AFMSS provides automated mission planning support for more than 25 different USAF aircraft platforms.
The AFMSS core system architecture developed by Sanders supports more than 40 A/W/E modules produced by 24 different developers.
The first version of the AFMSS, labeled Block B, will accommodate B52, F-15E, C-130 and MH-53 aircraft.
Block A of the AFMSS program covered the upgrade kits which raised MSS II hardware to the MSS IIA configuration.
The software will be interoperable with AFMSS
software developed for unit-level aircrew applications.
Block C, which was recently opened for bidding, will add further AWEs and provide the AFMSS with access to additional data bases.
US Air Force Special Operations planning will be handled by the AFMSS under Phase I.