Archive: Open Architecture

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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 […]

Artist's rendering of the Air Force's Long Range Strike Bomber, designated B-21. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Creates Life Cycle Management Center Program Office For Open Systems

The Air Force has stood up an open architecture program within its Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) in an effort to expand the use of open systems in the service’s acquisition efforts, according to a key official. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Military Deputy, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch said Tuesday the service […]

The ninth annual Open Architecture Summit took place Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

New DoD Working Group Promoting Modular Open Systems Architecture

The U.S. Department of Defense has stood up a working group to promote modular, open-systems architecture (MOSA) in acquisition programs, a DoD official said Oct. 18. The membership of the modular open systems working group is currently limited to government agencies, including representatives of the Air Force, Army, Navy and parts of the Pentagon acquisition […]

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With Open Architecture Radios, Army Can Learn New Tricks With Old Waveforms

A combination of miniaturization and open-systems software architectures is aiding the Army in assembling the radios it needs to establish battlefield communication networks and bring data from orbiting satellites to dismounted soldiers. Companies that hold or are maneuvering for Army radio contracts are designing ever-smaller radios that operate multiple communication waveforms drawn from the Defense […]

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Open Architecture Mission Systems Will Determine Success Of Army’s Future Vertical Lift Program

The success of the Army’s revolutionary new rotorcraft will depend on open architecture software standards that can be rapidly reconfigured as much if not more than on the aircraft design, according to industry and government officials leading the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort. FVL will eventually result in a family of futuristic helicopters with a baseline design […]

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Air Force Opens New ‘TAP Lab’ IR Data Exploitation Laboratory

The Air Force in April opened a new data exploitation Laboratory with the goal of fostering innovation by providing space-based infrared (IR) data access to a broad industry and academia base. Col. Kerri Mellor, deputy division chief of Air Force Space Command’s (AFSPC) remote sensing directorate, exploitation capabilities division, said Friday the Laboratory is called […]