Considerable experience gained over a 14-year period of research and development has finally come together as a highly effective automatic ground collision-avoidance system (Auto-GCAS) under the long-running AFTI F-16 program. A robust autopilot and limited GCAS--developed to enhance safety during low-altitude AFTI testing in the early 1980s--evolved to a limited-envelope, all-terrain ground collision avoidance system demonstrated in the early 1990s. This prompted enough top-level U.S. ...

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