Such is the thinking when it comes to the Pentagon’s new U.S. Department of Defense Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Strategy (C-sUAS) which, among many things, calls upon a need for common technical standards such that new generations of weapons, sensors and software can be added as they emerge.
“As we upgrade current C-sUAS capabilities and develop future solutions that will be employed across all operating environments, our systems must share a common architecture and be both complementary and interoperable,” the report writes.
An ability to perform software, hardware, weapons, and sensor upgrades are of great relevance given the pace of technical change. Newer form factors and higher resolution sensors are fast-enabling smaller drones to operate at ranges and with levels of image resolution historically unique to larger platforms. Hardware miniaturization is packing much more technical power into smaller platforms, yet software standards and common IP protocol can implement a common technical infrastructure such that changes can be made quickly to operational effectiveness.
“We will develop a centralized sUAS threat data architecture to inform the Department’s work in developing and validating C-sUAS requirements. With a common architecture and a common threat picture, we will increase agility and responsiveness in addressing emergent threat sUAS….Our materiel solutions must draw from standardized interfaces that enable joint and multilateral information sharing that is interoperable and capable of plug-and-play,” the strategy writes.