Demonstrations & Experimentation
to Realise Integrated System Concepts

Related Programmes

MOD Air Mission Systems Strategy


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.

Spiral 1

AMS DE-RISC Spiral 1

Spiral 2

AMS DE-RISC Spiral 2

ECOA™ – European Component Oriented Architecture

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

ASUR – Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research

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™ – Future Airborne Capability Environment

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.

PERFECTA – Pan Environment Radio Frequency Electronic Technology Alliance

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

WIUK – Weapons Integration UK

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)

Capability Agility

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:

  • Work Package 1 demonstrated approaches to make changes to ‘legacy’ architectures in a rapid, affordable manner that enables increased capacity and evolutionary capability.
  • Work Package 2 demonstrated the benefits of Model Based Development in supporting rapid & affordable development and change to complex safety critical systems.
  • Work Package 3 demonstrated improved receptiveness to technology insertion by reducing certification effort through the use of Modular and Evolutionary Safety Cases.

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