UK Defence Air Mission Systems are efficiently developed, deployed and
maintained to realise affordable, capable and adaptable military capability.
The fundamental concept is that of systematic software re-use within and
between systems as part of a families of systems approach to UK Air Capability.
Develop new, and transition legacy mission systems towards conformance with
a comprehensive Open Architecture Framework leveraging a library of re-usable
components enabled by systematic re-use processes.
ECOA is the MoD’s software application architecture of choice for Air Mission Systems, allowing software to be re-used on different systems, and providing a service-orientated architecture to help modularise a system. ECOA was developed by UK and French Industry, with support from the UK MoD and French DGA. ECOA is now published for free as DEFSTAN 00-973, and the Architecture Specification and tutorials are available at www.ecoa.technology
An MoD funded framework for low TRL research for autonomous systems across all Environments targeting SME (Small/Medium Enterprise), Academia and non-traditional defence suppliers.
FACE is a US Government-Industry software standard and business strategy for acquisition of affordable Avionics Software Systems. The standard describes a software architecture for middleware, providing defined interfaces between segments to facilitate integration, and is managed by the Open Group. www.opengroup.org/face
A UK/French collaborative project, PERFECTA was aimed at understanding the requirements and developing specifications for a multi-function sensor architecture suitable for future autonomous integrated sensing capabilities www.uk.leonardocompany.com
Complex Weapons pipeline, with a remit to address relationships, processes, policies, working practices, contracts, research and technology in identifying how cost and time savings can be made in the integration of weapons onto aircraft. The output WIUK ‘Toolkit’ is available from the Weapons Operating Centre (WOC)
The Capability Agility project was initiated to provide the MOD and its suppliers with technologies, processes and architectures, embedded throughout the capability life cycle, to ensure that the MOD is able to change its equipment capability in an agile, affordable and rapid manner, in response to changes in threat, theatre, regulation, rules of engagement and component availability (obsolescence).
The programme included a Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP), which was split into three separate Work Packages: