Atrist's concept of a PCAS heads-up display
PCAS links ground commanders digitally to CAS assets
PCAS uses a HUD display, so soldiers don't need to take their eyes off the battlefield
The popular image of modern warfare is the digital battlefield where cyber soldiers have Terminator-like video displays and can call in an airstrike with the shine of a laser beam. While information technologies are revolutionizing the military, when it comes to calling in Close Air Support (CAS), it’s still World War One – where a misread or misheard grid reference can end up with soldiers being hit by their own artillery. DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program hopes to improve this.
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