Demonstrations & Experimentation
to Realise Integrated System Concepts

Programme Scope


Spiral 1 was completed in March 2015. The programme defined and demonstrated an experimental Mission Systems architecture and associated interfaces, boundaries, technologies and approaches for scalable, flexible and dependable mission system concepts, for all future manned and unmanned air vehicles. Spiral 1 also developed the framework by which the Reference Architecture may be articulated, and cemented the Mission Systems Integration Facility (MSIF) laboratory at BAES Warton as the current AMS DE-RISC development and demonstration facility.

Programme Scope

  • Concepts and Technology Study
  • Facility Definition & Preparation
  • Secure and Dependable Mission Systems and Communications (SDMSC)
  • Plug and Play Mission and Weapons Systems (PPMWS)
  • Scalable Mission Systems (ScMS)
  • Concept Integration and Experimentation (CIE)
  • Communications Management Integrity Study


The Spiral 2 programme builds upon the significant achievements of Spiral 1 by:

  • Expanding the scope of the experimental Mission System to include stores management, sensors and functions not yet investigated in the context of open, component oriented, service oriented architectures.
  • Introducing studies and experiments to investigate the early exploitation of emerging AMS DE-RISC approaches, such as ECOA, on legacy platforms such as Typhoon, Wildcat and Watchkeeper.
  • Developing and maturing the Reference Architecture as instantiated in Pyramid, by integrating specific mission system components, developed by the partners, with the Pyramid core mission system.
  • Extending the demonstration realm into potential flying and/or live demonstrations, targeted at a Joint Warrior exercise.
  • Further developing the scope and extent of the laboratory infrastructure available to AMS DE-RISC, moving towards a National Mission System Integration Laboratory.
  • Provision of a proving ground, and exploitation route for AISM and ASUR research; vetting, focusing and providing requirements for emerging candidate technologies.