Archive: Open Architecture

AH-64E Apache Guardian
Photo: U.S. Army

Lack Of Common Architecture Lengthens Ground Time For Army Choppers Getting Upgrades

When the Army buys new gear for its helicopters, the acquisition community and industry view it as adding capability to an existing platform, but actually integrating new sensors and weapons often grounds fleets that are in high operational demand. Without government-defined standard architectures, emerging technologies often require extensive rewiring to mount on legacy aircraft, said […]

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Col. Kanae Tamakoshi, liaison officer to Pacific Air Forces, simulates flying an F-35 Lighting II fighter aircraft in the a cockpit demonstrator during the Pacific F-35 Symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 14, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Stewart)

Navy Requires Open Architecture In New Air Combat Training System

Written into the contract for the Navy’s newest combat aircraft training system is a requirement for industry bidders to use a government-established standard communication software architecture. The $142 million contract holds Rockwell Collins [COL] and Leonardo DRS to implementing the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) version 4.1 when building the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II […]

Photo illustration of DARPA's Mobile Force Protection counter-drone system.

DARPA Launches Development Of Plug-And-Play Counter-Drone System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired three firms to find ways of defeating the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that have become one of the most pervasive threats to the military at home and abroad. Three teams – Dynetics Inc., Saab Defense and Security USA and nonprofit development firm SRC Inc. – […]

Soldiers with I Corps, receive hands-on radio communication training during a field exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 21. This training was provided to give the Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to work and be proficient with the different types of radio communication systems. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Army Standardizing All Tactical Mission Command Systems By 2019

The Army is standardizing its mission command software across the active and reserve component to simplify the network architecture of operational units. Over the next two years, the Army will provide standard, updated mission command software applications to all 400-plus operational units in an effort to reduce network complexity, standardize training, allow swifter software updates […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

New Acquisition Structure Emphasizes Rapid Tech Insertion Through Open Architecture

Increasing the speed at which the Defense Department develops and fields emerging technologies is a primary cause for reorganizing the Pentagon’s acquisition structure. Pat Shanahan, the newly installed deputy secretary of defense overseeing the reorganization of the former chief weapon buyer into two new positions, said speed and rapid enhancement of existing systems with emerging […]

The JCREW system being tested in the dismounted configuration. Photo: U.S. Navy, Oct. 2014.

Navy Awards Northrop Grumman $58 Million Contract For First Full Rate Production Of Counter-IED System

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on Monday awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] $58 million for the first full-rate production contract for the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIEDs) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) system. This firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only production contract covers Increment One Build One (I1B1) Systems full-rate production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare Program […]

Artist's rendering of a potential Boeing-Sikorsky future vertical lift platform. Photo: Sikorsky.

Open Architecture Will Make Or Break ‘Backbone’ Of Future Vertical Lift

Once the Army lands on a design for its next-generation helicopter, it is more important to establish coherent open architecture standards than to decide what weapons and avionics systems the aircraft will carry, according to a panel of military and industry officials involved in the Future Vertical Lift  (FVL) program “The focus right now is […]

Soldiers with I Corps, receive hands-on radio communication training during a field exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 21. This training was provided to give the Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to work and be proficient with the different types of radio communication systems. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Technology Exists To Fix Army Network Problems Caused By Budget Shortfalls

The Army’s tactical networking radios are unable to connect to its satellite-based battlefield internet if soldiers are out of sight, but the reason is budgetary not technological. Both the Army and industry agree that using an “air tier” such as an unmanned aircraft outfitted with a repeater antenna can overcome line-of-sight communication issues between dismounted […]

A Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2-equipped Stryker brings up the rear of this convoy during 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division's Decisive Action Rotation at the National Training Center, California, Jan. 15, 2016. (Photo Credit: Pfc. Lisa Orender)

Army Network Establishes On-The-Move Open Architecture Capable Of Constant Upgrades

TAUNTON, Mass. – Recent criticism from lawmakers aside, the Army’s battlefield network not only is fielded but has established a baseline communication backbone capable of constant technological upgrades needed for future fights where battle happens as much in virtual world as on the ground, sea or air. The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, program came […]

M1A1 Abrams tank of Bravo Company, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, USMC Reserves, preparing for a live fire exercise at Yakima Training Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. (U.S. Army photo by Sidney Lee, Enterprise Multimedia Center, JBLM.)

Army Chief On Active Protection: ‘Critical Need’ Could Be Opened To Competition

After buying off-the-shelf active protection systems (APS) for frontline combat vehicles, the Army plans to launch an open competition for missile shields to outfit the remainder of its fleets, according to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Milley on June 7 said APS is a “critical need” […]