Archive: Open Architecture

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L3 Introduces Next-Generation Of Its Iver Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–L3 Technologies [LLL] on Monday introduced the newest generation of its Iver family of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), the Iver4-PW, which more than doubles the range of the existing systems while adding more capability. L3 is planning to offer multiple variants of the Iver4-PW, which can range at least 40 nautical miles or […]

U.S. Army Gen. Robert B. Abrams, center, Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command, leads a panel of discussion about the next generation combat vehicle during the Association of the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, Mar. 26, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Teddy Wade)

A Common Denominator For Army Modernization Goals: Modular, Open-Architecture Systems

If the Army’s diverse set of modernization priorities share anything in common, it is that the scientists and engineers working to achieve those capabilities are taking a modular, open-systems approach so that future weapons can be upgraded and adapted at the speed of technological progress. The Army’s eight cross-functional teams (CFTs), are tasked to chase […]

A pilot from of 1st Squadron, 229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., flies the new AH-64E Apache Longbow
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Open Architecture Future Vertical Lift Family Will Include Advanced UAS

Aside from developing a revolutionary new family of rotorcraft, the Army’s ongoing Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program includes building a next-generation unmanned aerial system that will fly in formation with those future helicopters, operate autonomously or swarm enemy air defenses. FVL seeks a family of rotorcraft that eventually will replace legacy helicopters with new designs […]

Aerial drone image of an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew, from the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducting Table VI Gunnery at Fort Stewart, Ga. December 8, 2016.

Future Army Vehicle Missile Shields Defined By Open-Architecture Brain

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–Lockheed Martin [LMT] will continue to develop the Army’s future vehicle missile shield open architecture controller, a central brain that will operate a suite of technologies providing layered protection against enemy guided munitions. About 45 companies are working in a consortium to design the Army’s Modular Active Protection System (MAPS) suite of sensors and […]

Navy Wants Legacy Systems Open To New Capabilities

AUSTIN, Texas – The Navy is challenging its program directors to find ways of opening legacy systems to new capabilities, but the process of moving to modular, open systems architectures retroactively is a slow and difficult process, according to a senior service scientist. “We’re trying to go to modular, open systems where possible,” David Walker, […]

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SOCOM Needs Open Architecture Intel Systems To Identify, Track Threats

Special Operations Command should “aggressively” pursue an enterprise-wide open architecture intelligence-sharing network to make the most of the data it and partner organizations within and outside the Defense Department gather, according to Mark Mitchell, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict. Asked how Special Operations forces should approach the need […]

A Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew with 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, drives to an objective during Iron Union 18-6 in the United Arab Emirates, Jan. 23, 2018.   (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas X. Crough, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

Next Army Vehicles Will Be Defined By Open Architectures That Can Accept New Tech, Weapons

The Army’s next ground combat vehicle likely won’t sport laser weapons or have a cloaking device, but it will have a modular, open-architecture design and size, weight and power margins to accept those and other emerging technologies as they come online. Eight cross-functional teams (CFTs) are chasing down solutions to the Army’s six modernization problems, […]

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Polaris Unveils Optionally-Manned Light Ground Vehicle

Polaris has introduced an optionally-manned version of the light all-terrain vehicle it builds for the Marine Corps and Special Operations Command.  The advanced MRZR-X multi-mode, connected vehicle platform was unveiled at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International defense conference in National Harbor, Md The Marine Corps has purchased about 150 Polaris MRZR D4 light […]

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Former Chief Weapon Buyer: Open Systems Requirements Need Better Enforcement

Requiring that new weapons have some degree of openness to upgrades has been a Pentagon policy for decades, but the Defense Department needs to better enforce that expectation so emerging technologies can be integrated when available and appropriate, according to a former chief weapon buyer. Frank Kendall, who was the last undersecretary of defense for […]

James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Geurts Sees OA Helping the Navy Keep Pace With Technology

The Navy’s new Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (RD&A) James Geurts last week emphasized the importance of open architectures in acquisition for the Navy. While speaking with reporters at the Surface Navy Association’s (SNA) annual symposium on Jan. 11, Geurts said the Navy needs to use a portfolio approach when […]