The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Air Force have tested a BAE Systems-made on-board software that works to deliver information to operators and pilots in environments where communications can be disrupted.
BAE said Tuesday DARPA and the Air Force Research Laboratory conducted an 11-day flight test of the semi-autonomous Distributed Battle Management software.
DBM is designed to provide situational understanding and coordination support for teams of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles in contested environments.
The platform is also designed to facilitate compressed and prioritized data transfer when communications are possible.
The test involved seven live flights comprised of a mix of live and simulation runs and simulation-only activities.
The demonstration also included BAE’s Anti-Access Real-time Mission Management System, or ARMS, and the Contested Network Environment Situational Understanding System, or CONSENSUS.
ARMS is a distributed adaptive planning and control software that works to help warfighters search airspace and engage air-to-air and air-to-ground targets.
The CONSENSUS distributed situational understanding software is designed to provide weapon targeting guidance and mission awareness to pilots and operators.