AMSTE

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AMSTEAffordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (military)
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The Pnav evidently employs an improved version of the Relative GPS (RGPS) technique Lockheed Martin had demonstrated under the Amste programme, and which has been described as removing non-random errors from the satellite signals.
For example, using AMSTE technology to eliminate the need for visual target acquisition and weapons employment allows use of bombers rather than many short-range, low payload fighters to target land forces.
The purpose of the AMSTE program is to develop a system that locates and tracks a ground target moving at up to 50 mph and destroy it with an affordable precision weapon.
AMSTE II will conclude in FY03 with an end-to-end field demonstration of AMSTE engagement capabilities.
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (Rome, NY) recently awarded a one-year, $22.9-million contract to Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems (Dallas, TX) to further develop technologies under the Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (AMSTE) program.
Northrop Grumman's AMSTE solution must hit a faster and more maneuverable target vehicle moving over terrain that will make tracking more difficult.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected an industry team led by Northrop Grumman Airborne Ground Surveillance and Battle Management Systems (Melbourne, FL) to move forward with the Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (AMSTE) program, funded by DARPA's Special Projects Office in conjunction with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (Rome, NY) Details of the contract were not divulged.
The purpose of the AMSTE program is to integrate real-time surveillance and precision-strike capabilities into a system that locates and tracks a ground target moving at up to 50 mph and destroy it with an affordable precision weapon; enabling multiple, near-simultaneous stand-off precision engagements of even the most mobile targets.
In May, Northrop Grumman (Melbourne, FL) completed the first of a set of system-to-system flight tests that are part of Phase II to develop an Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (AMSTE) system.
Said Steven Welby, director of DARPA's AMSTE program, "We're not going to deliver a box." Instead, DARPA plans to demonstrate the ability to track, target, and engage a moving target in all weather using a combination of available technologies.
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate has concluded Phase One of the Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (AMSTE) program, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
"The goal of AMSTE is to take away the 'sanctuary of movement' presently enjoyed by mobile weapons and weapons systems," further explained Stephen Welby, program manager for the AMSTE program, DARPA Special Projects Office.