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2024-06-06

U.S. Army Demos General Dynamics’ IMPACT Mission Planning System

The U.S. Army recently evaluated the Integrated Mission Planning and Airspace Control Tools (IMPACT) from General Dynamics Mission Systems at the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin and Camp Pendleton, Calif. as part of Project Convergence-Capstone 4. It is an annual Joint and Coalition large-scale experiment where the military tests its cutting-edge technologies under field-like conditions. Elements of the III Corps and XVIII Airborne Corps employed IMPACT for integrated mission planning and airspace control.
 
The focus of the evaluation was the collection of feedback from hands-on soldier usage of the IMPACT software at the flight company level for mission planning. Soldiers successfully used IMPACT, along with its ATAK plugin for the PEO-Soldier Air Warrior Tablet, to plan and evaluate a rotary wing mission, load that mission data onto a data transfer device, and use the device to load the mission onto a UH-60M helicopter.
 
The team also gathered critical feedback on the software and plan to use it for improving the software prior to its scheduled fielding date in two years. Soldiers also used IMPACT in several PEO Aviation experiments to provide command post data to the aircraft in flight, enabling emergent airspace usage (Artillery, EW, and UAS re-tasking) to be pushed to the aircraft, thus enabling dynamic replanning of the mission route.
 

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