Archive: Open Architecture

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” […]

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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Photo: Harris

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 […]