Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


III.G.12. Intra-Vehicle Electronics Suite TD. By FY00, develop and demonstrate in a laboratory the efficient integration of the crew and electronic subsystems. This Intra-Vehicle Electronics Suite TD effort will develop the VETRONICS Open Systems Architecture (electronics integration), a user friendly crew station (crew integration), and advanced digital information handling systems (Battlefield Information Integration) necessary to enable the crew/vehicle to fight and win the information war. The development of the VETRONICS Open Systems Architecture is based on commercial standards and software reusability/transportability will reduce overall system code development time by approximately 50 percent and decrease integration time of vehicle subsystem hardware and software by approximately 30 percent. The Vetronics Operating Services system (VRTOS), which is compliant with the POSIX standard where applicable, allows for portability of application software code across the range of proprietary Ada run-time systems utilized in embedded software development. The VRTOS will be compliant with the Weapon System Technical Architecture portion of the C41 Technical Architecture. This architecture will be used and demonstrated on the Advanced Tank Technologies ATD and Scout Vehicle ATD. The crew station designs defined in the Crewman’s Associate ATD program will be developed and integrated into the Open VETRONICS Systems Architecture to demonstrate how crewmen can effectively maneuver their vehicle on the digitized battlefield using advanced SMI. The Battlefield Information Integration will develop the intra-vehicle information handling systems necessary to interface with and manipulate the vast amounts of digital information available on the digital battlefield. This effort will demonstrate through simulation how the crew will be able to significantly increase their information handling capabilities, without a corresponding increase in crew workload, to improve the overall effectiveness of the vehicle on the battlefield. Milestones include: 1QFY96—Initiate integration of VETRONICS Systems Integration Laboratory (VSIL) into lab. 4QFY96—Validate VETRONICS Open Systems Architecture Application Programmers Interface (VTROS & VGUI). 1QFY97—Initiate development of Crewman’s Associate ATD crew station using actual H/W and S/W. 4QFY97—Complete integration of VSIL into lab. 3QFY98—Link VSIL with Digital Integrated Lab (DIL). 4QFY98—Complete development of Crew Stations using Target Hardware and Software. 2QFY99—Complete integration of actual Crew Station using Target H/W and SW into VSIL. 2QFY99—VSIL integration of H/W and S/W from the Hit Avoidance, Target Acquisition, and Combined Arms Command and Control ATD Programs. 3QFY99—Execute Warfighter Seat Simulator Experiments. 1QFY00—Execute SIL Experiments on Turret Motion Based System. 2QFY00—Execute ATT SIL Warfighter Experiments. 3QFY00—Warfighter participation in analysis of Experiments. 4QFY00—Demonstrate In-Vehicle DIS experiments and complete Intra-Vehicle Electronics Suite Program.

Supports: Army C4I Technical Architecture, Target Acquisition ATD, Hit Avoidance ATD, M1A2 and M2A3 upgrades, CRUSADER, Digitization of Battlefield, Task Force XXI, Open Systems Task Force.

STO Manager: TSO: TRADOC POC:
Chris Ostrowski John Appel MAJ Steve Walker
TARDEC SARD-TT Armor Center, DFD
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