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Munition Health Management Technologies: Effects on Operational Capability, Interoperability, Life-Cycle Cost and Acquisition of missile stockpiles of NATO nations

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Data management, Embedded Sensors, Environmental Sensors, Health Management, Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies, Interoperability, Inventory Monitoring, Missiles and Torpedoes, Passive RFID Autonomic Wireless Networks, Performance Based Acquisition, Propulsion & Power Systems, Stockpile Pooling


New, emerging Munition Health Management (MHM) technologies derived from civil application have a positive effect on operational capability, interoperability, life-cycle cost and even acquisition of missiles and other munitions within NATO. In addition to contributing to safety assessments during In-Service Surveillance, these technologies provide a critical capability for NATO forces: estimating the Safe Remaining Life of munitions at any point in time after manufacturing and deployment accurately and quickly. This implies (i) Munition life consumption can be defined and measured non-destructively and individually by applying MHM technology, (ii) The user can compute depreciation of its stockpile based on actual consumption, reducing the yearly life-cycle cost by a large amount, particularly with complex, expensive missiles systems; (iii) Munitions, and guided missiles in particular, can be supplied using “performance based acquisition” frameworks; (iv) NATO nations can establish a common stockpile, in which countries agree to assign a portion of their munitions under a smart framework contract without physical conveyance (linked force capability).


The CDT will demonstrate the application of sensors and IoT technologies to munitions and the benefits on operational capability, interoperability and life-cycle cost.


The following topics will be covered during the preparation of the CDT by one missile system company, one rocket motor manufacturer, one sensors company, representatives from end user organization responsible for central munition surveillance or from AC 326 – CASG, Safety Requirements (e.g. AC 326 – CASG, missile system company) Platform Technology (missile system company) Missile System and Rocket Motors Technology (missile system company, rocket motor manufacturer) Sensing Technology (sensors company) Networking / Communication (sensor company) Modelling/Data Handling (rocket motor manufacturer) Life Assessment Methodologies (rocket motor manufacturer, missile system company) Life Cycle Cost of Missile Systems (AC 327 – Life Cycle Cost Group) Differences between Guaranteed Service Life and Actual (end user organization) In Service Surveillance and Life Extension of missiles (AC 326 - CASG, missile system company) The Task Group will organise dedicated preparatory meetings and develop the hardware and media required for the demonstration. The demonstrations will be held in Brussels, Belgium. Synergies with the current NATO D:I: Smart Defence Project, supported by AVT-ST-204 will be exploited.

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