Weapon data links and advanced networking techniques are playing an increasingly pivotal role in tactical battle management, a new Frost & Sullivan report confirms.
Communication technologies for military applications have reached such levels of sophistication that defense personnel can instantly share critical intelligence data and seamlessly transfer command and control instructions.
“Recent advances in weapon data communications have enabled in-flight
tracking and retargeting of the launched missile,” says Frost & Sullivan Technical Insights Research Analyst Anirudh Srinivasan.
“Another major development is the notion of data-linking munitions, which will enable the missiles to ‘talk to one another` and permit them to coordinate ‘swarming` attacks.”
Software-defined communication architectures have facilitated the integration of advanced communication capabilities onto ballistic missiles and weapon data links.
Network-centric concepts contribute to the growth in military communications, while a better-networked weapon deployment system will hasten revolutionary improvements in war fighter capabilities.
Interoperability remains a key challenge in military communications, especially between coalition forces for instantaneous sharing of intelligence data. There are not adequate standards that can guarantee complete interoperability in the future, making it imperative for industry leaders to influence technology developers, researchers, and the rest of the industry to develop a mutually beneficial, yet secure set of interoperable standards.
“The standardised architecture enables a common and interoperable interface between weapons and remote deployment systems,” observes Sundararaman. “Systems integrators are able to exploit reusable artifacts in achieving cost and schedule economies when developing new weapon deployment and fire control systems.”