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Standardized NATO CCDO Validation Platform

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Systems Concepts and Integration

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Camouflage, Concealment, Deception, Obscuration, Survivability


Denial and Deception (D&D) has historically played, and will continue to play, a significant role in increasing the survivability of NATO forces. Camouflage and Obscuration are important components of D&D. One problem is that there has not been a standardized method for testing and evaluating CCD treatments against advanced conventional weapons in an operational context. A standard platform that serves as a surrogate advanced conventional weapon is needed for CCD evaluations.


The objective for this TG (Study) is to develop a standard platform in the form of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that is capable of flying typical trajectories of advanced conventional weapons. The platform will be able to navigate using GPS and/or other NAV systems, with a terminal homing function using electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) sensors. The terminal phase will employ targeting algorithms and appropriate processing techniques in order to match the performance of threat systems. The overall intent of the system is to have interchangeability between sensors, targeting algorithms, and flight profiles in order to simulate a variety of threat systems.


(1) An investigation into the parameters that need to be defined for system interoperability (sensors, ATRs, flight profiles, etc.) (2) A study will be performed to baseline sensor, ATR, and typical flight characteristics of threat systems. This data will be used to bound minimum performance requirements of the surrogate system, and determine minimum physical characteristics (weight, platform type, etc.) (3) A prototype surrogate system will be constructed and evaluated for efficacy in a final demonstration event

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