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Time Critical Targeting in Urban Environments (TCTUE)

April 17, 2020

Time Critical Targeting in Urban Environments (TCTUE) focuses on developing a targeting system to enable multiple unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) to search for and track a mobile target at night or in weather in any known complex urban environment.  The overall objective of TCTUE is to demonstrate the impact of collaboration using three UCAVs with onboard sensors, supervised by a single human operator, to find, fix, target, and track a single target vehicle in a cluttered known urban environment.  In addition, TCTUE should provide cross-swarm intelligence during all mission phases to:  minimize the time to correctly identify the target in clutter, minimize the time for the operator to decide to launch a weapon and provide the operator the ability to send in-flight target updates to the weapon following a handoff from the UCAV. Finally, TCTUE will dynamically generate a flyable trajectory for a weapon through an occluded and congested urban scene.  The TCTUE system should be demonstrated in software, hardware in the loop, and in live flight on multiple UAVs, in collaboration with the AFRL Munitions Directorate flight team.