Target Location Accuracy (Developmental)

The Target Location Accuracy (TLA) program will provide enhanced video and targeting capabilities to the warfighter. Key elements of the program include real-time display of target coordinates with target location error, digital data archiving, image mosaicking, and post processing with advanced data exploitation tools.

Significant upgrades to current MQ-1 Predator®/MQ-9 Reaper® multispectral targeting systems will provide significant improvements in video imagery and targeting accuracy. Through the use of differential Global Positioning System (GPS), a newly designed eye-safe laser rangefinder and enhanced data exploitation tools, real-time, precision 3D coordinates are available for every image frame (Single Aimpoint Center Pixel – SACP). Further upgrades will offer real-time, precision 3D coordinates for every pixel of every image frame.

TLA will provide new capabilities to almost any mission. In conjunction with Search and Rescue (SAR), the ability to rapidly provide very accurate locations of victims to rescuers can mean the difference in survival. Additionally, it will allow the rapid location and isolation of targets of interest. Finally, these improvements will enable the warfighter to find, track, identify, and engage targets faster and with better accuracy than ever before. TLA will offer accuracy and timeliness that will improve mission success in most any operation. 

Features/Benefits:

  • Real-time, precision 3D coordinates for static and moving targets
  • Constant update of the sensors accuracy–every position includes accuracy measurements (i.e. target location error)
  • Improved eye-safe laser rangefinder allows for operation in any environment
  • Will improve effectiveness of data exploitation tools–better mapping, mosaicking, and data archive/retrieval
  • Growth path (2016 time frame)–precision 3D coordinates for every pixel of every image frame (SPI-3D)

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TLA Concept of Operations (CONOPS)

TLA Concept of Operations (CONOPS)

TLA provides precision coordinates and target location error

TLA provides precision coordinates and target location error