12 May 2016 Challenges in the application of modular open system architecture to weapons
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The overarching objective for Flexible Weapons is to replace current inventory weapons that will not fully utilize the increased capabilities of 6th generation platforms, with a single weapons kit made up of flexible, open architecture components. Flexible Weapon will develop a common architecture to enable modular subsystems to achieve flexible weapons capability while allowing technology refresh at the pace of technology discovery in an affordable and sustainable design. The various combinations of weapons to address multiple missions must be 100% compatible with 6th generation delivery platforms (fighters, bombers, RPAs) and backwards compatible with 4th and 5th generation platforms.
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Jonathan Shaver, Leo Rose, Quinn Young, Jacob Christensen, "Challenges in the application of modular open system architecture to weapons", Proc. SPIE 9849, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2016, 98490F (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2229364; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2229364


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