Demonstrations & Experimentation
to Realise Integrated System Concepts

Published: February 2019

Leonardo ES Demonstration of Cognitive Multi-Platform Sensor Fusion

This Work Package examines how sensors on mixed platforms can be coherently fused to improve detection and track generation whilst using software agents to deliver a sensor/platform management plan to improve the quality of the solution and resolve ambiguities.

With the migration away from black-box architectures, as well as evolving networked capability, the ability to understand and fuse the available pre-track sensor information allows potential improvements over existing federated solutions.

Leonardo has developed an innovative approach to provide a coherent surveillance capability providing location and track information using passive sensors. The agent based capability is designed to be hosted on board multiple platforms each with its own multi-sensor suite. During AMS-DERISC the intent is to test this Cognitive Multi-Platform Sensor Fusion system in a representative simulation environment using the Multi System Integration Facility (MSIF-fixed wing) and Rotary Wing Unmanned Air System (RWUAS) simulations from BAE Systems and Leonardo Helicopters respectively.

During the run-up to the formal demonstrations scheduled for June-19 and August-19 a number of iterative integration steps have been performed along the journey. During the initial months of the programme, the Interface Control Drawings (ICD), Trials plan, Integration plan and a report on the ability to readily wrap this package with an ECOA standard were delivered. These documents set out how and what the Demonstrations will show. In parallel with these activities, the core capability was wrapped with an interface layer. It was not possible to utilise ECOA in this activity, however the overall aims of the work package can still be achieved.

To reduce the integration risk, a VR forces simulation package was used in lieu of the RWUAS interface, and a laptop with the BAE Systems WEnDL interface was loaned to Leonardo. This approach enabled maximum value to be obtained from the first Integration slot which was carried out during the week commencing 18th Feb-19. This integration included some minor in situ fixes to the Leonardo wrapper as well as software updates to the MSIF infrastructure and the identification of a small number of changes required to improve the Demonstration. These changes have been incorporated and the next integration activity in April 19 will occur at BAE Systems MSIF Laboratory amongst a broader integration of partner companies. It is envisaged that both interface connections as captured in the diagram above, will be proven to allow for the WP2 Demonstration capability to be achieved prior to the customer demonstrations later in the year.

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