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Airborne Networking Live-Virtual-Constructive Environment

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Understanding the end-to-end performance of mission command applications executing on airborne networks under realistic operational conditions is critical for the 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.

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

Using Network Digital Twins to Model Multi-domain Battlefield Networks

Multi-domain network planners and operators can use digital twins to adapt to evolving traffic and resource demands as well as to changes in protocols and technologies. Using a network digital twin, they can safely experiment with different solutions, determine the optimal configuration for their networks and assess their resiliency to cyberattacks in a high fidelity, easy-to-use, easy-to-integrate, real-time, or faster-than-real-time live-virtual-constructive environment with in-depth visualization and analysis capabilities. This webinar will describe and demonstrate how SCALABLE’s emulation platform, EXata, can be used to create and leverage multi-domain network digital twins including:

  • Multi-Domain Network Digital Twin Technology
  • Multi-Domain Network Digital Twin Applications and Benefits
  • Multi-Domain Network Digital Twin Capability Demonstrations

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))

US Air Force Combat Information Transport System (CITS)

The US Air Force Combat Information Transport System (CITS) is a multi-billion dollar program to modernize USAF network infrastructure and management and network defense. CITS is responsible for information transport of all network traffic in the USAF, both non-secure (NIPRNET) and secret (SIPRNET), and handles digital voice, data, video, sensor, and imagery. The USAF is reducing NIPRNET outside connection ports, which provide access to the network. At these ports, high cyber security measures are absolutely necessary.

The USAF C3I Infrastructure Division (AFLCMC/HNI) has chosen SCALABLE’s EXata to model information transport infrastructure, including gateways, area processing centers, wireless networks and weapon systems. The ability of EXata to emulate military radios, mobile tactical communications, and cyber-attacks and defenses played a key role in this decision. Up to 40 end users at Hanscom AFB are utilizing EXata for this project.

The Air Force is using EXata to assist in building reliable models of the Air Force Network (AFNet) in order to identify potential 3rd and 4th order effects of changes to the network as new systems and capabilities are brought online to the AFNET. According to Dr. Tambascia, “EXata is a risk reducer on implementing changes to the AFNet by enabling the ability to build reliable network models.”

The benefits to the USAF from EXata include rapidly building software emulations of networks by importing Visio diagrams, then using these emulations to predict network performance resulting from proposed changes, improving connectivity and data exchange, adding new weapon system capabilities, and helping to assess and improve cyber security.

Related Resources

MultiDomain Network Digital Twins

In the multi-domain battlefield, personnel rely on a geographically dispersed, connected network of sensors, platforms, and weapon systems to execute their missions in harsh and contested environments.

Network Digital Twins for 21st Century Wargaming

Effective wargaming must be part of an integrated process, requiring accurate modeling of networks and their behavior to correctly predict scenario outcomes.

Joint Network Emulator (JNE) – Multi-Domain Battlefield Network Simulation

SCALABLE’s Joint Network Emulator (JNE) library is a live-virtual-constructive (LVC) simulation platform for the development, test and evaluation of battlefield communications networks, applications and net-enabled systems.

Key Features of EXata

Real Time Emulator

Seamlessly interface with other live equipment and applications

Cyber Testing

Test the resiliency of your network to Cyber Attacks

Network Digital Twin

Test your network in a low-cost, zero-risk environment


Model thousands of nodes with parallel execution

Model Fidelity

Models simulate accurate real-world behavior

Commercial enterprises, educational institutions, and governmental organizations around the world all depend on reliable, effective networks to deliver business-critical, mission-critical communications, and information. SCALABLE maintains a highly experienced group of technical professionals to support customers and projects of any scale and solve challenging problems with our advanced network digital twin technology.

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