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FAMOS Framework for Avionics MissiOn Systems

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Systems Concepts and Integration

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affordability, architecture, avionics, IMA, integration, interoperability, mission system, modularity, open interfaces, open systems, portability, reduced through life costs


There have been major changes in the approach for developing and fielding highly complex and necessarily collaborative software intensive systems. Previously there has been a trend for systems to be wholly bespoke and we need to redress the trend toward common open and modular approaches within a widely accepted NATO avionics architectures framework. Without active NATO coordination these solutions will continue to diverge inhibiting collaborative development resulting in high cost, high risk programmes across NATO. There exists a number of technical approaches for software design and management frameworks that are maturing within NATO countries. Each of the approaches provides a particular valuable solution that can be applied within the architecture of an Avionics Mission System. With the exponential growth in cost/time to develop and field Avionics Mission Systems due to the increasing complexity of these systems, a strategy of how to consistently apply each of the frameworks within NATO systems would help mitigate these factors. There are also a number of related topics that enable the design, integration, interoperability and maintenance of system-of-systems architectures. It would be valuable to understand what the scope of technologies and processes are, the particular problems to which they respectively provide solutions and how those solutions relate to each other. In understanding how this applies to NATO with respect to Avionics Mission Systems, and understanding where best to apply, and how to apply each of the solutions it will be possible to have a NATO strategy for aligned Mission System design. The proposed 3 year activity, and resulting framework, will align all the avionics and mission system legacy, current and future standards initiatives, leading to each Nation receiving the resulting benefits as either: Reduced time & risk to provide mil cap to front line; – Reduced through-life fleet cost; – Accelerate the implementation of innovative solutions; – Reinvestment to maintain technology overmatch; All Nations would receive collaborative development and interoperability benefits.


The objectives of the FAMOS RTG are: - To develop a strategy for the consistent and aligned application of standards and architectural approaches for the development, integration, upgrade and interoperability of avionics mission systems. - The strategy will achieve enhanced operational capability, flexibility and cost efficiency in development and upgrade of avionics and through life support. - The strategy will enable more efficient co-development of systems within multi-national consortia, securing rapid and relevant operational capability in allied deployment. - The strategy will enable the consistent and aligned application of standards and architectural approaches enabling a more accessible and competitive market in avionics mission systems. The deliverables from this Technical Group will consist of two perspectives: The first will be concerned with stakeholder reporting on the management of the project, consisting of interim and final project reports. The second perspective is concerned with formal artifacts that describe the strategy and enable users to engage with and implement the strategy. - Date T0+18mth: Interim Progress Report - Date T0+36mth: Final Report - Date T0+36mth: FAMOS Strategy Artefact(s) appropriate for the description of a Technical Architecture - Date T0+36mth: Final presentation and stakeholder briefing event


Air Systems – Mission Avionics Systems This topic includes system and enterprise concerns including; - Business enterprise o Military demands o Commercial interests of industry o Government role as smart-customer - Requirements modelling - Functional Decomposition - Assurance and integrity Air Systems – Software This topic includes software-specific concerns including; - Application software (Business Logic) frameworks - Reconfiguration – Runtime, flight-line and upgrade - Coding standards and practices - Component modelling tools - Middleware - Operating System - Hardware Abstraction Layers Air Systems – Integration This topic includes integration-related concerns including; - Integrated Modular Avionics - Data architectures - Integration Methods/Tools - SoS architecting - System validation - Data Interfaces Air Systems – Technical Architecture This topic includes technical architecture concerns including; - Technical architecture modelling tools - Technical architecture design concepts - Technical architecture frameworks - Validation of Technical Architectures with FAMOS

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