Personal Computer Target Acquisition Fire Support Model - PC-TAFSM

U.S. Army Operational Test and Evaluation Directorate BDM International; Alexandria, VA

PC-TAFSM is a two-side, stochastic, division-level combat model. It represents the functions of unit movement, target acquisition, communications, tactical fire direction, and artillery weapon effects. The effects of maneuver unit fires are not computed, but are input by the user. Unit resolution is to company for maneuver units and to platoon or weapon for artillery units.

Individual sensors are represented. Sensor types include forward observers, aerial observers, remotely piloted vehicles, counter battery radar, flash, sound ranging, Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), Electronic Warfare (EW) assets, and All Source Analysis System (ASAS). Munition types include high explosive, laser-guided, improved conventional munitions, and smart weapons. Model inputs include data to describe the forces on each side, maneuver units and equipment, fire support units with weapons and ammunition, sensor capabilities, fire direction center capabilities, and the unit movement scenario.

Outputs include a killer victim scoreboard, rounds fired by artillery weapons, equipment/weapon availability profile over time, and summaries of sensor activity and target processing. A typical 24-hour simulation will run in 2 to 7 hours on an IBM PS/2 Model 80.

Alternatives Considered: PC-TAFSM is a scaled-down version of TAFSM, which is written in FORTRAN.

Benefits of SIMSCRIPT II.5: Self-documenting. Relatively easy-to-learn. Translation form design to code is facilitated.

Customer Quote: "We have used PC-TAFSM to analyze the firepower effectiveness of the Howitzer Improvement Program (HIP)."