Future Vertical Lift Digital Backbone, Navigating Technology and Implementation Details

Lt. Col. Sulayman Al-Naqbi (center), a United Arab Emirates Air Operations Center weapons director, along with Col. Abdallah Ali Mohamed Al-Bloushi, U.A.E. AOC deputy commander, look into computer monitors during a visit to the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron headquarters (Kingpin), August 24, 2020, in Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Command and control operations exchange is vital in strengthening the partnership between the UAE and U.S., while working to maximize capabilities in regards to mutual security concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Taylor)

This paper offers an introduction to the envisioned digital backbone for US Army, Future Vertical Lift aircraft.

While the US Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programs have identified several key tenets that their airborne weapon systems need to ensure they maintain asymmetric advantage, there continues to be integration issues. MOSA standards are doing a good job of identifying electronics hardware and software architectures. However, they fall short on physical aircraft integration and consistency in architecture among aircraft systems.

To learn more on how the digital backbone impacts integration, as well as the technology considerations to address interoperability, safety, security, qualification, and accommodations for new, as well as, legacy avionics technology, download the full paper by filling out the form below.


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