The proposals must address the generation of a consolidated perspective of interested EU Member States and industries with regard to mid- and long-term development of an EU multiplatform management capability for air combat systems, manned and unmanned.
The proposals must consider manned fighter aircraft from EU origin (and potentially connectivity with those from the non-EU origin), and unmanned combat platform assets/concepts like “Remote Carriers”, UCAVs and “Smart Cruise Missiles”.
The proposals must consider scenarios for air combat operations in contested and highly contested environments.
The proposals must cover the study and design, not excluding downstream activities, of an EU multiplatform management capability for manned and unmanned air combat systems.
The targeted activities must in particular include:
- the development of potential use cases, scenarios and applications for multiplatform mission management capabilities;
- the derivation of high level operational and technical requirements including human factors or artificial intelligence (AI) elements with regard to multiplatform mission management capabilities;
- the description of the solutions’ space by selected multiplatform mission management concepts;
- the assessment of EU existing technologies with regard to multiplatform mission management and respective technological enablers (e.g. network connectivity);
- a gap analysis of technologies to define respective roadmaps and conduct cost risk mitigation evaluation;
- the identification of “first” mid-term multiplatform mission management application (i.e. potential “quick-wins” based on “enhanced legacy fighter aircrafts”);
- the study, design and implementation of one or several small scale demonstrator(s) and its (their) concept assessment. The output must include:
- a dynamic display of selected contemporary technologies and small-scale technological demonstrators, in order to make tacit expert knowledge accessible and conduct a nation-specific exchange;
- the assessment of operational, technical and legal boundaries and limitations, and national specifics.
As a modus operandi, the proposed action must ensure the participation of respective ministries of defence’ representatives, including through interviews and workshops.
Main high-level requirements
The proposed capability should at least be based on:
- significantly improving mission capability and mission efficiency;
- existing and emerging flight safety and airworthiness rules;
- mission joint operativity within a fleet of mixed air platforms;
- MUM-T key operational aspects (including joint ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance) supporting combat);
- service oriented architecture principles;
- connectivity/interoperability management principles to set up secure, resilient, agile communication infrastructure and architecture and to provide connectivity services;
- data distribution management principles;
- existing and to be defined open standards and other European initiatives (e.g. ECOA (European Component Oriented Architecture), ESSOR (European Secure Software defined Radio)).
01 December 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time