EDS Develops Advanced Mission Planning Aid for Flight Training in Canada
OTTAWA, Ontario – EDS today announced that it has signed a contract with Public Works and Government Services Canada, with an option for up to three years of follow-on support, to implement an advanced mission planning system for the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND).
“EDS mission planning systems offer total mission planning support to enhance the efficiency, speed and accuracy of planning for single or multi-aircraft missions from either main base or deployed sites,” said Frank Hart, VP and General Manager, EDS Canada. “EDS combines deep aerospace and defense industry experience and insight with global technology, and using a successful UK model, we’ve adapted our Advanced Mission Planning Aid technology to fit DND’s operational needs.”
Advanced Mission Planning Aid (AMPA) is the mission planning and support system that provides the route management, weapon planning, tactical analysis, information distribution and data support functionality to a wide variety of aircraft. The product was initially developed by EDS for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.
“EDS continues to work with DND to innovate and transform DND’s business operations in a way that delivers results and maximizes efficiencies and performance,” said Emile Lindsay, VP EDS Canada, Defence Sector.
Through this contract, DND is procuring AMPA for the NATO Flight Training in Canada organization to support the fleet of CT-155 Hawk Mk115 and CT-156 Harvard II training aircraft. Though it will be used for training in Canada, AMPA is used by other air forces for peacetime, exercise and war operations and provides support to the mission planning process from the entry of initial air tasking, through to aircrew de-brief after the mission has been flown. The mission planning software enables multiple users to generate detailed aircraft routes overlaid on maps and satellite imagery displayed as a planning background on the workstation screen.
Once developed these overlays can be displayed on the map or satellite imagery to provide information on the location of airfields, threats, restrictions, intelligence data, and a variety of other information. Threat intervisibility and areas of intervisibility between aircraft and the ground can be automatically calculated.
Initial routes can be developed to include formations and attack patterns with up to 20 aircraft in each mission. Timing and fuel calculations based on the aircraft Operational Data Manual and aircraft stores fit are automatically made each time the route is edited, and warnings are reported to the planner when necessary. When the plan is complete the planner is able to print maps, route data and other briefing material and to rehearse the mission using 2-D and 3-D fly-through.
This contract was signed in the first quarter of 2007 and was included in the total contract value of new business signings announced by EDS for that quarter.
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