Professor Merfyn Lloyd
Lately science advisor
DE&S Retired UK MoD
11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: IN-SERVICE SUPPORT ADVANTAGES OF IMPLIMENTING OPEN SYSTEMS FOR ARMOURED VEHICLES
Given the number and range of vehicle-borne sensors and systems that are now deployed on operations, using a middleware and data-model based electronic architecture to integrate them on the platform provides a sound engineering solution. Given that these platforms are likely to be in service for 20 to 30 years, maintaining their operational capability in future operations in an affordable way through-life is important. Open architectural and modular solutions allow acquisition and engineering communities to design for affordable change by enabling evolutionary acquisition and spiral development and, thus, provide a roadmap for platform and fleet management through-life.