Strike Accelerator Program

The Strike Accelerator Future Naval Capability (FNC) will develop and mature an Aided Target Recognition (AiTR) system to provide F/A-18 aircrews with a high-decision rate and high-classification/recognition/identification confidence against adversary surface combatants. Stationary and moving maritime target data are provided to Strike Accelerator by the F/A-18’s Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar and Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) optics pod. The high-confidence output is quickly passed to the aircrew who make the final target determination and engagement decision. Should discrimination at all levels fail to pass a quality test, this constitutes a no-decision event and (by design) no information is passed on to the aircrew. 

The Strike Accelerator speeds up target prosecution by reducing the data search and decision-making that the aircrew must complete to execute combat ID and multi-target track. This will allow the targeting of precision weapons against multiple stationary or moving targets by a single platform in a single pass in a crowded littoral environment.

Program Contact Information

Name: Kenneth Heeke

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 35

Division: Air Warfare and Naval Weapons Applications


Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street, Rm. 1133
Arlington, Va. 22203

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