AIAA-2004-6801-721 - AIAA 2004-6801 USAF Developmental Test...

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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 1 Virtual acquisition and Test Range (VaTR)with Applications to Electronic Combat Evaluation Col Eileen Bjorkman * , Timothy Menke , Walter March The Simulation and Analysis Facility (SIMAF) at Wright Patterson AFB is developing a Virtual acquisition and Test Range (VaTR) capability. This capability is required to conduct both development and operational testing of emerging weapon systems in a “systems-of-systems” network-centric warfare environment that includes a high- threat density and non-traditional forms of warfare, such as urban operations. Existing open air range infrastructures cannot support the large number of test assets required to conduct realistic live testing of this nature. The VaTR will link live, virtual, and constructive modeling and simulation (M&S) facilities and test ranges to provide a solution. A specific application related to the electronic combat test environment has already been developed; the next application focuses on testing machine-to-machine interfaces. Current efforts include connecting to existing test and M&S facilities, parallelizing avionics and sensor models to permit high-fidelity, real-time modeling, and developing a real-time air combat architecture. Each of these areas will be discussed, including previous test programs, existing status, and challenges to implementation. Related efforts in the United States Air Force (USAF) and other services will also be discussed. I. Introduction HE concept of a virtual test range is not new or unique. However, in the past a series of obstacles prevented the widespread use of M&S to augment test requirements. These obstacles were due to limitations in resources, computational power, network technologies, architectures, and business models in the acquisition and test communities. Within the acquisition community, a plethora of M&S tools supported acquisition decisions throughout platform life-cycles, but not usually guided by modeling and simulation master plans for USAF programs, let alone the joint community. Within the test community, the use of M&S was relegated to test planning, test rehearsal or post-processing of data, but generally not used for direct test support. The advent of affordable desktop computers capable of computational power previously available only in high-end workstations, coupled with new simulation tools, DOD architectures, networks, and appropriate resources opens up possibilities to expand the use of M&S tools to support science and technology, acquisition, and test requirements. While M&S capability is expanding, that capability expansion is not closing the gap in comparison to the demands placed upon the acquisition and test communities. Network Centric Warfare (NCW), Electronic Warfare (EW), and a shift from platform- and threat-centric to capability-centric acquisition and test processes are stressing our ability as a community to meet these requirements. NCW, cooperative EW, and Capability Based Planning and
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