Published: October 2019
Leonardo Helicopters demonstrated a data driven plug and play concept which would allow a mission system to more easily team with unmanned platforms, implemented in the Wildcat Tactical Processor using European Component Oriented Architecture (ECOA).
As new UAS are introduced, manned platforms with a teaming capability will need to adapt to control the mission sensors on those UAS. Sensors on the new UAS are likely to have different control and data requirements from those of current sensors. LH have demonstrated that it is possible using ECOA to implement a service-based Plug and Play interface, allowing the mission system to reconfigure data interfaces and HMI.
A demonstration was performed at the Leonardo Helicopters Engineering Simulation Facility in Yeovil, using a simulated Wildcat and two surrogate Rotary-Wing UAS systems with different Electro Optic (EO) sensors. One was based upon a Wildcat Desktop Trainer and the other used a real Merlin Mk 4 Tactical Processor (with the AMS DE-RISC Plug and Play code integrated) and EO.
Taking advantage of the simulation infrastructure and HMI developed for the Plug and Play demonstration and the functionality to support Spiral 2 Phase 8 Work Packages 6 and 7, experimentation was performed assessing MUM-T concepts and the benefits of air land integration with the help of DSTL and crews from the Army Aviation Reconnaissance Force (ARF).