Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System
Definition/Scope: The Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) is a network of computer workstations that process and exchange information from the forward observer to the fire support element for all fire support assets (field artillery, mortars, naval gunfire, attack helicopters, and close air support). Features include the automatic processing of fire requests, generation of multiple tactical fire solutions for missions, monitoring of mission execution, and support for the creation and distribution of fire plans. AFATDS contributes to the Joint Vision 2010 concept of precision engagement by providing responsive fire support command and control to tie together high fidelity target acquisition, prioritized target requirements, and joint forces within the battlespace. AFATDS is one of the five battlefield functional areas comprising the Army Tactical Command and Control System, and will be acquired by the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
Broader Terms:Army Battle Command System
Related Terms:AFATDS Command and Staff Course