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Multirole flight management for the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft

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The integration of the Collins FMS-800 into the USAF/Grumman E-8C Joint STARS aircraft provides great flexibility for mission and nonmission operations. The E-8C incorporates a multirole flight management system (FMS) which enables the flight crew to be functionally integrated with the primary mission crew and also supports reduced-crew operations for global support and ferry missions. The system incorporates dual GPS-INS (Global Positioning System/inertial navigation system) integrated navigation, automated flight planning, guidance, cockpit management, and extensive support of mission crew coordination and automatic in-flight reconfiguration. For primary surveillance and targeting missions, the FMS supports the preplanned and impromptu Joint STARS flight objectives. For nonprimary mission operations with a reduced flight crew, the FMS operates independently of the prime mission equipment to enable global ferry flights, operations in the National Airspace System, and other support missions with reduced-crew workload through automation

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Aerospace and Electronics Conference, 1992. NAECON 1992., Proceedings of the IEEE 1992 National

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18-22 May 1992