The US military is building a huge fleet of GPS-equipped aircraft to provide data about where it’s being attacked, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.
The US Air Force has more than 5,000 GPS-based aircraft and is using the equipment to pinpoint its position.
The Air Force is using them for surveillance, reconnaissance, strike, and attack missions, but they also have the ability to provide ground-based, real-time data.
The report by the Congressional research service details the data they provide, including their ability to measure altitude, speed, altitude, altitude-based altimeter readings, and GPS position.
They also provide an “active tracking” feature that can be used to pinpoint the location of an enemy target.
According to the report, the Air Force plans to purchase 1,200 GPS-enabled aircraft for use on the Joint Global Strike Command’s (JSOC) ground forces.
These planes will be used on surveillance missions and for strike missions.
These planes have been around for about a decade, but it was only in recent years that the technology gained significant traction.
Last year, the US Air National Guard purchased four GPS-capable Apache attack helicopters.
Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin purchased a total of more than 30 GPS-connected attack helicopters for use in its Global Hawk surveillance drones.
The Apache has a range of roughly 1,000 kilometers, and the company says the planes can be flown to altitudes of up to 1,800 kilometers, although this is not always the case.
It’s not clear what purpose the planes will serve in the future, but the report suggests they could be used in a variety of missions.
The GPS-tracking aircraft are “essential to the mission planning, mission delivery, and engagement” of JSOC and JSOC’s Global Hawk combat helicopters, it said.
“The GPS will enable the commander to identify and target enemy forces with precision.”
The aircraft are equipped with high-frequency transponders, meaning they transmit signals that are capable of measuring distances up to a million kilometers.
As part of its research, the Congressional study says that the military uses the GPS to help the US government pinpoint the exact location of nuclear weapons in Iran.
If a military drone detects an enemy aircraft, it can pinpoint its exact location using GPS data.
It can then relay that location to other military aircraft and relay the location to JSOC.
“The GPS enables the Joint Forces Command (JFC) to conduct precise air, ground, and naval reconnaissance and strike missions with pinpoint accuracy,” the report reads.
“It enables the JFC to assess the threats to the homeland, including threats to vital infrastructure and critical communications infrastructure, and provide critical intelligence to the commander.”
The report does not say if the US intends to deploy the GPS-guided aircraft to other countries.