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Defense Support Program
Early Warning System- detects missle launches, space launches and nuclear detonations. Misson A- Detect, characterize, and report launches using infrared radiation (IR). Mission B- Detect, characterize and report nuclear detonations
Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS)
Provides critical missile defense and warning capability. Made up of 3 space constellations: Defense Support Program (DSP), SBIRS High, and Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS). Program supports Missle Warning, Missile Defense, Technical Intelligence, and Battlespace Characterization.
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)
Collects weather data using visual and IR imagery. Also measures local charged particles and electromagnetic fields to assess the impact of ionosphere on missile warning radar and long-range communications. Also monitors global auroral activity to predict the effects of space environment on satellite ops.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Constellation of 24 satellites provides navigation data to military and civilian users. Also assists in targeting accuracy for munitions such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM).
Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS)
13 Phase III satellites capable of providing secure voice and high rate data communications. Carries a single-channel transponder for disseminating emergency action and force direction messages to nuclear-capable forces. Provides secure voice, teletype, tv, facsimile and digital data services for the Global Command and Control System. Provides communications links for management, command and control, intelligence and early warning functions.
Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Satellite System
A constellation of 6 transponded satellites that provide communications capacity, connectivity and flexibility for combatant commanders to command and control their tactical forces. DoD's highest capacity comm satellite- provides 10x the comm capacity of the predecessor DSCS III.
Milstar
Joint service satellite comm system that provides secure, survivable, jam resistant, worldwide comm to meet essential wartime requirements for high priority military users. Links command with a wide variety of resources, including ships, submarines, aircraft and ground stations. It is the most advanced military comm satellite system to date. A key goal is to provide interoperable comm among users of Army, Navy, and Air Force Milstar terminals. Milstar originated from Military Strategic and Tactical Relay satellite system.
Delta II
Expendable Launch, medium-lift vehicle used to launch GPS satellites into orbit. Also, launches civil and commercial payloads into low-earth, polar, geosynchronous transfer and stationary orbits.
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: Atlas V and Delta IV
Designed to improve access to space by making space launch vehicles more affordable and reliable. Boeing Delta IV and Lockheed Martin Atlas V have common components and infrastructure. Delta IV is capable of carrying a wide range of payloads to geosynchronous transfer orbit. Atlas V incorporates solid strap-on boosters to increase the payload performance of the single common core variant.
LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
An element of the nation's strategic deterrent forces. L- silo-launched, G- surface attack, M- guided missile. About 500 in the current inventory.
KC-135 Stratotanker
Provides aerial refueling to AF, Navy, Marine Corps, and allied nation aircraft.
KC-10 Extender
Air Mobility Command's advanced tanker and cargo aircraft. Carries almost twice as much fuel as the KC-135 Stratotanker. Can also refuel a wide variety of US and allied aircraft.
C-130
Primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. (Many variants listed on the following flashcards).
MC-130P Combat Shadow
Air refueler that extends the range of combat search and rescue helicopters by refueling in contested airspace. Secondary mission of tactical delivery via airdrop or airland.
EC-130H Compass Call
Airborne tactical weapon system that prevents successful enemy C2, communications and limits adversary coordination. Also supports tactical air operations, and provides conventional and special ops support.
AC-130H/U Spectre Gunship
Primary missions are close air support (CAS), air interdiction, and force protection. Heavily armed and can loiter over targets.
MC-130E/H Combat Talon I/II
Provides infiltration (drop off), exfiltration (pick up), and resupply of special operations forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory. Secondary missions include psyops and helicopter air refueling.
EC-130E/J Commando Solo
Conducts information ops, psyops and civil affairs broadcasts in AM, FM, HF, TV and military comm bands.
C-5 Galaxy
One of the largest aircraft in the world, can carry outsize and oversize cargo intercontinental ranges, and can take off or land in relatively short distances. Nose and aft doors open to permit faster and easier loading, and the landing gear can kneel so cargo floor is at truck-bed height. Carries nearly all of the Army's combat equipment.
C-17 Globemaster
Newest, most flexible cargo aircraft in the AF. Capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main bases or forward operating bases (FOB's). Also capable of tactical airlift and airdrop missions.
F-15C Eagle
All-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air supremcy over the battlefield.
F-15E Strike Eagle
Dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. Incorporates a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) in the back seat for monitoring radar, electronic warfare (EW) and IR sensors, monitor aircraft or weapons status and possible threats, select targets and use a moving map to navigate.
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Compact, multi-role fighter; highly maneuverable and capable in air-to-air and air-to-surface attack.
F-16CJ Wild Weasel
Ability to carry an AGM-88 HARM and HARM Targeting System (HTS) in suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD).
F-22A Raptor
Air DOMINANCE fighter. Widely regarded as the most advanced fighter in the world with a revolutionary leap in technology and capability with reduced support requirements and maintenance costs. Performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. Incorporates stealth, supercruise, thrust vectoring to gain the advantage.
A-10 Thunderbolt II
The first AF aircraft designed specially for close air support (CAS). Secondary mission of supporting search and rescue and Special Forces operations. Excellent maneuverability at low speed and altitude, and highly accurate weapons-delivery platforms. Known for it 30MM Galing gun that can fire 3900 rounds a minute.
EA-6B Prowler
High-demand low density (HDLD) national asset that provides electronic attack for the Navy, Marines, and AF. Monitors the electomagnetic spectrum and actively denies and adversary the use of radar and communications. Primary mission is to protect fleet surface units and other aircraft by jamming hostile radar and communications. ONLY DoD AIRCRAFT CAPABLE OF ELECTRONIC COUNTERMEASURES (ECM) AND JAMMING MISSIONS. Provides SEAD with jamming equipment and High speed Anit-Radiation Missiles (HARM).
B-52 Stratofortress
Long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions including; strategic attack, air interidication (AI), close air support (CAS), offenisive counter-air and maritime ops. Highly effective when used for ocean surveillance. Can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance.
B-1B Lancer
Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the AF inventory, the backbone of America's long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of weapons. Uses a variable blended wing/body configuration for low-speed/high-speed performance.
B-2 Spirit
Multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. Uses stealth to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses.
E-3 Sentry -- Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)
Airborne warning and control system aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, C2, and communications. It is the PREMIER AIR BATTLE COMMAND AND CONTROL AIRCRAFT. Radar has range of more than 250 miles for low-flying targets and farther for aerospace vehicles flying at medium to high altitudes.
E-8 Joint STARS-- Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System
Airborne battle management, C2, ISR platform with GROUND surveillence to support attack ops and targeting that contributes to delay, disrupt and destroy enemy forces. Canoe-shaped radar incorporates a Wide Area Surveillance and Moving Target Indicator as its fundamental operating modes which is designed to detect, locate, and identify slow-moving targets.
E-4B NOAC- National Airborne Operations Center
Serves as the National Airborne Operations Center for the president and SECDEF. In case of national emergency or destruction of ground command control centers, the aircraft provides a highly survivable, C2, comm center to direct US forces, execute emergency war orders and coordinate actions by civil authorities.
U-2 Dragon Lady
A high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance, day or night, in direct support of US and allied forces. All intel products except wet film can be transmitted in near real-time anywhere in the world via data links, rapidly providing info to combatant commanders.
RC-135 V/W Rivet Joint
Recon aircraft supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intel collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities.
RC- 135S Cobra Ball
Self-contained Measurement and Signature (MASINT) intel collection platform that provides scientific and technical assessments of foreign ballistic missiles and treaty verification. Also provides Theater Air Defense warning. Can be identified by its distinctive black wing.
RC-135U Combat Sent
Provides strategic electronic recon info to the president, SECDEF, DoD leaders, and theater commanders. Locates and identifies foreign military land, naval, and airborne radar signals to examine each system, providing strategic analysis for warfighters. Aircraft is identified by their distinctive antennae arrays on the "chin" and wing tips, large cheek fairings, and extended tail.
MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
Medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely pilot aircraft. Primary mission is INTERDICTION and ARMED RECONNAISSANCE against critical, perishable targets. When not on primary mission, it provides the JFACC recon, surveillance and target acquisition. Uses the AGM-114 Hellfire missile. M- stands for multi-role, Q- stands for unmanned aircraft system.
MQ-9 Reaper UAS
Medium-to-high altitude, long endurance remotely piloted aircraft. Primary mission is as a persistent HUNTER-KILLER against emerging targets to achieve Joint Force Commander objectives. Alternate mission is to act as an ISR asset by providing day/night full-motion video directly to decision makers and warfighters in direct contact with the enemy. Uses GBU-38 JDAM 500 lbs bomb, and Hellfire missiles. Much larger and more lethal than the MQ-1 Predator.
RQ-4A Global Hawk UAS
Provides near-real-time, high-resolution ISR. The aircraft can be preprogramed to autonomously taxi, take off, fly, remain on station, and return and land. UAV operators simply monitor the health and status, and can change navigation and sensor plans as necessary.
HH/MH-60G Pave Hawk
Conducts day or night operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war. Also tasked for civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation, disaster relief, international aid, counterdrug activities and NASA space shuttle support.
UH-1 Huey
Light-lift utility helicopter used to support Air Force Space Command missile wings and groups. Primary mission includes: Airlift of emergency security and disaster response forces, security surveillance of off-base nuclear weapons movements, space shuttle landing support, priority maintenance dispatch support, and emergency positive control document changes and response to search and rescue ops.
CV-22B Osprey
Combines vertical takeoff, hover, and vertical landing qualities of helicopter with long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special ops forces.
Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) - Falconer
Ops Command Center that provides the capability to plan, task, execute, monitor, and assess the activities of assigned forces. It ensures the effective conduct of air and space ops. Provides OPERATIONAL LEVEL C2 as the focal point for planning, executing, and assessing air and space ops.
F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
Restructure and integrate several DoD intiatives already underway. Affordable conventioanal attack aircraft with stealth, advanced avionics, and low life-cycle and ops costs, high reliability, range, speed, and warload. The Navy and Marines are also acquiring different models of this multi-role aircraft.
C-27 J Spartan
Tactical airlifter designed for any mission: troops, medevac, airdrop or cargo.
EA-18G Growler
Aircraft that will replace the EA-6B EW aircraft with a similar role.