Archive: Open Architecture

A Humvee and a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle stand on display for size comparison at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 2, 2017. Senior leaders from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command test drove the vehicle through one of Fort Eustis’ training areas to experience the new suspension and overall feel of the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Teresa J. Cleveland)

Army Steadily Integrating Open Architecture On Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Fleets

Component by electronic component, the Army is slowly installing modular open communications architectures on its legacy tactical trucks by requiring new technologies to adhere to set technical standards. As new equipment like advanced precision navigation and timing (PNT) systems are installed on Humvees and other wheeled Army vehicles, the Combat Support and Combat Service Support […]

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, secure their Battalion headquarters in a M1 Abrams Tank, during Decisive Action Rotation 17-04 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. JD Sacharok, Operations Group, National Training Center)

Lockheed, Northrop Complete Initial Laboratory Integration of Modular Missile Shield Subsystems

The Army’s developmental active protection system (APS) program took a step forward when Lockheed Martin [LMT] successfully linked its open-architecture processor with Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] electro-optic sensors and countermeasures. Lockheed and Northrop are working with the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to develop the Modular Active Protection System (MAPS), a guided missile […]

AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR). Photo: Northrop Grumman

Marine Corps Takes Delivery Of First Powerful New Northrop-Built Ground Based Radar

LINTHICUM, Md. – From atop a hill here overlooking the Baltimore-Washington International Airport the Marine Corps’ new expeditionary radar can detect air traffic from New York to Norfolk, Va., from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Spinning at varying speeds during a March 29 ceremony at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] test facility here, the TPS-80 […]

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 Acquisition, Research And Capabilities Officials Agree: Open Architecture Essential For Future

Adoption of modular, open systems architecture requirements is elemental to the Army maintaining its technical edge as it revamps existing equipment and designs platforms for future fights, according to the service’s chief weapon buyer. Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Steffanie Easter called open systems architecture “one of the best […]

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Leidos Wins Air Force Lab Contract To Provide Open Architecture R&D Science And Technology

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) awarded Leidos [LDOS] a contract worth up to $48 million to provide research and development (R&D) under the Mission Systems Open Architecture Science and Technology (MOAST) Program., the company said Monday. The multiple award, fair opportunity, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity prime contract is set to last for seven years. […]

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Harris Achieves Second Open-Architecture Verification Under FACE Standards

A major development toward the real-world application of open-systems architecture in avionics occurred March 7 when Harris Corp. [HRS] was verified compliant with the Future Airborne Capabilities Environment. The Open Group, which oversees conformance to FACE standards, announced that both Rockwell Collins [COL] and Harris Corp. have obtained verification for software products. Rockwell already verified […]

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Building ‘Flexible’ Ships With Open Architectures Delivers Vessels Superior ‘In All Cases’

Building “flexible” surface ships designed to accept incremental capability upgrades throughout their service lives is more expensive up front, but delivers superior mission performance than traditional ships designed for a specific mission profile, according to naval engineers. “In all cases, the flexible warship gives you better growth and higher performance than a traditional warship,” Eric […]

First UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter test flight in Huntsville, Ala. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman And U.S. Army Complete First Flight of UH-60V Black Hawk

Northrop Grumman [NOC] successfully completed the first flight of the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter with its partner, the U.S. Army Prototype Integration Facility, the company said Monday. Northrop Grumman provides the Integrated Avionics Suite of the UH-60V while the prime contractor is Redstone Defense Systems. The helicopter is an upgrade of the Army’s UH-60L helicopters […]

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

Open Architectures Could Be Future Vertical Lift’s Most Powerful Weapon, Say Chopper Program Managers

The futuristic helicopter that results from the ongoing Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program will be faster and more maneuverable than current designs, but its baked-in ability to rapidly integrate new sensors and mission-system software may be its most potent weapon, according to rotorcraft program managers from the Army and Marine Corps. FVL will eventually result […]