Archive: Open Architecture

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters carrying distinguished visitors arrive for Army Day 2018, Feb. 9, 2018, Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait. Army Day was the opening event for U.S. Central Command’s Component Commanders Conference that allowed U.S. Army Central to showcase the Army’s capabilities at the theater level. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ty McNeeley, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

US Army Aviation to Establish Master Open Architecture Lab by December

By December, U.S. Army Aviation expects to open its new Combat Aviation Brigade Architecture Integration Lab (CAB AIL) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, to integrate government and industry prototyping and improve planning for the entire rotorcraft fleet. Several labs will ultimately be consolidated into the CAB AIL, including the rotary wing aviation software integration lab (RWA-SIL), […]


Lockheed Martin, DARPA Successfully Test Data Integration Tool For Air, Ground Systems

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have completed successful tests of the company’s ‘Einstein Box’ which allows secure, rapid data integration across air, ground, space and cyber mission systems in contested environments, officials announced Friday. The flight tests, conducted at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, Calif., demonstrated […]

Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) provides a material resupply
for Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 8, based at Marine Corps
Base Camp Lejeune, NC during the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Expeditionary
Hybrid Logistics experiment conducted in conjunction with Integrated
Training Exercise 3-18 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms,
CA, May 14, 2018.

Robotic Rotorcraft Brain Resupplies US Marines During Live Exercise

During a recent exercise in California, Marines at a simulated combat outpost were resupplied by a robotic rotorcraft that could locate, fly to and land at their position without human input. Although a human pilot was in the cockpit of the Bell [TXT] UH-1 Huey, that Marine was not in control of the aircraft as it […]


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
Photo: U.S. Army

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, […]

Photo: U.S. Army

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, […]