This paper will discuss and evaluate the advantages provided by the DEBON-Air simulation environment for effecting
communications between UAV airframes in flight. DEBON-Air provides a realistic multi-vehicle simulation
environment which models communications complexities. By simulating various operational factors (e.g., bandwidth
and reliability), and environmental factors (e.g., weather, altitude, range, and attitude), evaluators can establish the
functional and performance characteristics of an Information Management System (IMS) in a simulated tactical
environment. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Apollo IMS will be used in concert with the DEBON-Air
simulation environment for the purposes of these evaluations.