Persistent Close Air Support
|Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS)|
Program utilizes the A-10 as a demonstration platform.
|Type||Close Air Support|
|Place of origin||United States|
Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) is a DARPA program that seeks to demonstrate dramatic capability improvements in close air support (CAS) capabilities by developing a system to allow continuous CAS availability and lethality to Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs).
PCAS was to demonstrate using an A-10 Thunderbolt II modified for optionally manned operation, however the program did not seek to remove pilots from the cockpit of A-10s or other manned military aircraft. Technologies developed under the program were to transition to both current manned aircraft and the MQ-X next-generation unmanned aircraft. With the cancellation of the MQ-X program, the PCAS program dropped the idea of using an optionally manned A-10, and refocused the effort to allow the JTAC controller to interface with "smart rail" electronics on a manned A-10. Live-fire demonstrations will take place in 2015.
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- Darpa Refocuses Precision Close Air Support Effort On Manned Aircraft - Aviationweek.com, 10 September 2013
- Darpa Plots Death From Above, On-Demand - Wired, July 12, 2010.
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