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Marine Corps Fire Support System (MCFSS)

Primary Purpose Architectural system comprised of all USMC fire

support systems which automate fire support

coordination and/or execution through automated

devices and data communications.

Sub-Functions Automated fire support coordination of artillery,

close air support (CAS), naval surface fire

support (NSFS), and mortars; tactical and

technical fire direction; fire support planning;

targeting functions; artillery, counter-fire, and

mortar fire planning; artillery calls for fire;

air support requests; meteorological and survey

data collection and distribution.

Equipment Requirements Varies with individual systems.

Connectivity Requirements VHF/HF single channel radio, two and four wire,


Crypto Requirements Vinson family.

Normal Locations Systems are located in the following nodes:

AFATDS/IFSAS: Artillery Bn and Regt FDCs,

Infantry Bn.

Battery Computer System (BCS): Artillery Battery


AN/TPQ-46A: Firefinder Radar.

AN/TMQ-41: Meteorological Measuring Set.

Information Managed Conventional fire plans, all supporting arms fire

missions, target information, fire support

coordinating measures, maneuver geometry,

individual firing unit information, JTARS and

immediate air requests, met

messages, and survey information.

Products Created Fire support plans, fire plans, target lists and

other target information, firing data, calls for

fire, ASRs, mission fired reports.

Lead Service/Contractor USMC - IFSAS, MBC, DMS/THS, AN/TMQ-31.


Current Fielding Status AFATDS replaces IFSAS and has been fielded to I

MEF and III MEF, and will be fielded to II MEF in

June 2001. THS is scheduled to be fielded

beginning in FY02. All other systems fielded.

Version 11 software package will bring older

systems into VMFBOM message formatting. AFATDS

will replace BCS at the Btry in FY02. At that

time, if not before, IFSAS will no longer be

used. AFATDS will be fielded to the infantry Bns

in FY03.

Known Problems Minor interoperability problems with systems from

different contractors.

DIICOE Compliance Rating AFATDS '98 level 6.

Point of Contact Capt Kubicki, MARCORSYSCOM, DSN 278-0860.

Maj Kevin McConnell Requirements Division, MCCDC,

DSN 278-3192.

Updated by Capt Charles D. Walker, USMC, CCSC-01


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