langue fr Airbus Defence and Space - 04/05/2021

Airbus demonstrates C295 FITS mission system operated by ground-based crews

Airbus has successfully concluded a flight test campaign featuring a
new capability in the C295 FITS mission system (COMMOMISS) which enables it to be remotely operated by ground-based crews.

The campaign, carried out in April over the south of Spain, covered four flights and involved the use of an Airbus C295 Intelligence Surveillance Recognition (ISR) testbed equipped with the Collins avionics package.

The aircraft performed standard maritime patrol missions with all sensors controlled in near real time by a mission operator from a ground station at Airbus Getafe site. Sensor control was successfully handed over to the ground control station, with different surveillance tasks,
including Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) pointing control and radar management, performed by the ground crew using the installed Ka band SATCOM.

During the tests, the ground operators situational awareness was complete, sharing the same set of tools and apps available in the onboard Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) workstations, transforming the COMMOMISS ground station into an effective additional operators node.

Among its capabilities COMMOMISS will provide users with:
- Additional operators nodes in the Mission Support Centre on ground, providing operational flexibility in long and complex missions, sharing tasks between airborne and ground tactical crew members
- Integration with operators C2 network, contributing in the generation of the Common Operational Picture
- Immediate access to all data gathered by onboard sensors for real time analysis with almost unlimited resources available on ground

- The possibility to reduce the number of operators (and thus workstations) on board in persistent surveillance missions.

COMMOMISS will pave the future of the airborne tactical mission systems allowing a harmonized mission system architecture, human-machine interface (HMI) and concept of operations (CONOPS) for both, manned and unmanned air vehicles, as well as fixed-wing and rotatory wing aircraft. It supports a seamless integration into the overall system-of-systems providing global situational awareness to operators and contributing in the generation of the Common Operational Picture (COP) in the context of ISR missions.

The hardware required to implement this new capability is available for new customers interested in the C295 ISR, which means that the capacities of the COMMOMISS could be potentially available for any customer from now on, either as a catalogue option or as a growth potential.

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