Farnborough, United Kingdom
Develop more complex systems of systems while continuously maintain existing defense assets in operation.
There are many challenges to delivering the next generation of Combat Air Systems. The complexity of systems and the constant evolution of threats will require greater agility than before. Budgetary constraints will drive the need for predictable delivery and informed decision-making, maximising capability and availability within an affordability envelope. The increasing complexity of the environment will therefore mandate interoperability with other defense systems and collaboration throughout the supply chain.
Delivering affordable and dominant capability requires the industry to exploit the best solutions, expertise and innovation across Industry. The first challenge is how to successfully collaborate, share and integrate information across an extended enterprise.
The Defense industry continues to struggle with overall affordability and all programs are required to make informed decisions on optimising capability within an affordability envelope. The second challenge is therefore how to define, evaluate, compare options and make informed decisions using data generated from many different systems, across a network of partners.
Cost and schedule overruns plague the Aerospace & Defence sector as programs gain complexity. The third challenge is how to manage this complexity across an extended supply chain, delivering commercial like outcomes in terms of cost and schedule reduction.
Maintaining a dominant capability through-life (30+ years), requires an embedded approach to systems engineering and technology insertion. The fourth challenge is how to embed a modular systems approach that underpins a timely affordable approach to capability upgrade.