Programme Scope

What is the scope?

Within an Air System the mission system is the collection of complex electronic systems within the air or ground element that are involved in the realisation of mission related objectives. The mission system gathers information about the battlespace environment, supports the operator in processing that information and then implementing the required course of action. That action might be to request a new flight path, gathering more information, co-ordination with others, steps to protect the vehicle or taking offensive action.

AMS DERISC is focussing on applying advanced concepts and technologies to the integration of components into the Mission System.

What is the work?

INTEGRATION ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENT

Continue to provide an environment where systems integration concepts can be trialled and developed. Moving towards a National Mission System Integration Capability which supports the whole Defence industry.

INTEGRATION OF INNOVATIVE AUTONOMY RESEARCH CONCEPTS

Provision of a proving ground, and exploitation route for Autonomy research concepts, including from the Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research (ASUR) programme, and Adaptable Autonomy project. Including down-selection; provision of requirements for emerging candidate technologies; and refinement of concepts which may be pulled-through into militarily representative integrated demonstrations.

INTEGRATION STUDIES AND EXPERIMENTS

Studies, experiments and demonstrations which test and develop Mission System integration concepts and show the military benefits of effectively integrating Mission System capabilities, in the context of open, component oriented, service
oriented architectures.

ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH INTEGRATION

Studies, experiments and demonstrations that support the development, coordination and early exploitation of Advanced Mission System integration approaches, including:

  • ECOA™ – The MODs application software architecture of choice for Air Mission Systems
  • PYRAMID – the MODs core Mission System Reference Architecture for future Air Systems
  • PERFECTA – Integration Architecture for Sensors
  • CDAS – Integration Architecture for Defensive Aids Suites
  • WIUK “Plug & Play” – Weapon Integration Architecture

DEMONSTRATIONS

Demonstration activities will take place throughout the project, but these will be augmented with larger scale integrated demonstrations, including potential flying and live demonstrations. The first of these is targeted at the Royal Navy’s 2016 Unmanned Warrior exercise, with dedicated follow-on events expected in 2017 and 2018.