Airborne Networking Live-Virtual-Constructive Environment

Understanding the end-to-end performance of mission command applications executing on airborne networks under realistic operational conditions is critical for development of future capabilities and evaluation of new warfighting concepts.  Identifying and mitigating any shortfalls in application performance can provide significant value to our warfighters and directly save lives.

SCALABLE worked with the Multifunction Information Distribution Systems (MIDS) Program Manager and Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake to develop and optimize an Airborne Networking Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) Environment to support rapid and comprehensive assessment of network performance in support of future mission concepts of operation.

Specific capabilities provided by the Airborne Networking LVC Environment developed by SCALABLE include:

  • Link-16 Network System-in-the-Loop Capability
  • Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) Waveform Compatibility
  • Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol Version C (JREAP-C) Application Layer Model
  • J-Series Message Generation and Consumption
  • Standards Compliant External Interfaces (e.g., Distributed Interaction Simulation (DIS) interface)
  • Net-Enabled Weapon Control Interface Module (NEWCIM) Interoperability
  • External Simulation System Integration (e.g., Advanced Framework for Simulation, Integration, and Modeling (AFSIM))

The Airborne Networking LVC Environment developed by SCALABLE has been successfully transitioned to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake for use in their Tactical Network Model Development Branch.  Additionally, it has been further transitioned to Naval Air platform providers responsible for the E-2D Hawkeye (Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems), F/A-18 Super Hornet (Boeing Defense) and MQ-25 Stingray (Boeing Defense).  Both Government and Defense prime organizations are using the Airborne Networking LVC Environment provided by SCALABLE to evaluate future airborne networking capabilities and warfighting concepts.  Each organization continues to add additional capabilities to their LVC environments through new commercial licensing and additional development services provided by SCALABLE.

The Airborne Networking LVC Environment provided by SCALABLE enables both Government and Defense prime organizations to realistically model airborne network communications in environments of interest for future warfighting, including highly contested environments with near-peer adversaries. Use of a common LVC environment by both Government and Defense prime organizations significantly enhances information sharing and collaborative development of future capabilities.

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