Live Simulation, SISO, Standards, UCATT, ULEIS, URBAN COMBAT ADVANCED TRAINING TECHNOLOGY
NATO Studies SAS 030, Study on Urban Operations 2020 and Land Operations 2020 clearly indicate that Urban Areas are the most likely battlefield in the 21st century and indicated the problems and limitations associated with developing Urban Terrain (MOUT) training facilities needed to be understood.
A team of experts from NATO NAAG completed a feasibility study in 2002 and concluded many interoperability areas in the training domain to be worthy of further investigation. Thus MSG-032 UCATT (2003 – 2007) of NMSG started to identify and investigate and reported them for the live domain. That UCATT report became more-or-less the guideline for URBAN COMBAT TRAINING facilities design
Under the subsequent MSG-063 UCATT-2 (2007 – 2011) a live practical event to show the potential of interoperability for training, its benefits and that standards may be desirable in the area was demonstrated and documented. This led to the concept of a set of standards.
MSG-063 was followed up by 2 new groups: MSG-098 (UCATT Architecture) and MSG-099 (UCATT Standards) (2011 – 2015). These groups worked toward the creation of a family of SISO endorsed standards; the UCATT standard framework.
The Architecture Group (098) refined the understanding and provided direction to the Standards Group (099). A SISO product nomination was submitted and approved and a PDG (Product Development Group) established. The first release of the UCATT Standard with the LASER implementation was submitted to SISO for balloting.
With the chartering of MSG-140 UCATT-LSS, the scope of work was formally widened from urban training technologies to live simulation interoperability and live simulation standards in general to reflect their need. Under MSG-140 UCATT released the first balloted products (UCATT Laser engagement interface standard U-LEIS SISO-STD-016-00-2016 and Guide for UCATT live simulation standards and architecture SISO-GUIDE-003-00-2016) as well as a reference document (Reference for UCATT ammunition tables SISO-REF-059-00-2015)).
In parallel, the group developed two additional drafts for standardisation to present to the SISO process; a draft of the player interface (E4), implementation I10, and a draft of UCATT federated object model for system to system interconnection via HLA (the interface E8, implementation I8).
If also studied the applicability of NATO Architectural framework (NAF) and provided an ongoing focal point for live training & simulation demonstrated by ever increasing enquires hugely increasing the number of participating members for nations and industry.
UCATT deliverables to date: Site register, Research needs, Interoperability specification, functional architecture, documented life interoperability demonstration, best practices, UCATT is NATO’s focal point for Live training technologies including PfP and Partners around the globe. Beside that UCATT has become the focal point of information exchange for the military live simulation user community, government procurement and the leading Industries with respect to live training & simulation
Support extant SISO UCATT-standards (as published as STANREC).
Process through SISO the UCATT player interface (E4), implementation I10.
Process through SISO UCATT System to System interconnection interface (E8), implementation I8.
Initiate STANREC for E4 and E8 above
Study and produce draft SISO standard for a short range radio interface (E1/E9, I3).
Further investigate on the connection of external systems with regards to new physical implementations of E6/E7/E8/E11.
Transform and expand UCATT ammunition tables into UCATT enumerations.
Apply the NATO Architectural Framework (NAF) to the UCATT architecture where applicable.
Evaluate applicability and impact of US LTEC architecture on the UCATT functional architecture.
Collaborate with MSG-145 C2SIM to ensure the recognition of live simulation related aspects of C4I integration covering UCATT interface E6/E7.
Maintain function as focal point for live training & simulation technologies and standards.