The growing operational demand for UAS that can operate in swarms, has its effect on the Israeli Defence Industry.
UAS swarms have become more common for special missions. Most of this new attack form is classified, but some details have emerged.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a system that allows to use a great number of UAS in different missions simultaneously. The main result – an increase of the targets the UAS create for the ground forces.
According to Avi Bleser VP Marketing & Sales of IAI’s military aircraft group, the Mission Operational and Intelligence Center (MOIC) allows efficient command and control of advanced and complicated UAS missions.
“The MOIC’s modular layout is based on mission operational cells including upper commander cell, exploitation center, C2 cell, full trainer SATCOM facility, support facility, and data storage center. The all-inclusive headquarter generates an efficient mission flow which includes planning, commanding, controlling and monitoring mission performance, interpreting offline and online payload data, archiving raw and processed information and reporting to high command”.
Bleser added that this mission flow provides a full operational picture of UAS, and maximizes the fleet throughput by allocating assets according to operational priorities, enhances coordination of UAS fleet and manned platforms, improves safety, protects ground assets and saves manpower and resources by centralizing and automatizing operations and maintenance.
The IAI official said that the MOIC uses many automated procedures while the crew is only supervising the performance.
He said that the MOIC saves 30 per cent of the manpower needed to operate the same number of UAS and payloads.
Bleser said that inputs from other sources like a manned mission aircraft can be combined with the data flow processed by the MOIC.
IAI says that the MOIC was designed in full accordance to NATO’s standardization agreement (STANAG) and this applies to the UAS as a platform and the different payloads it carries.
IAI has built a small demonstrator of the MOIC in the company’s facilities and according to a company source negotiations are underway with at least one potential customer.
IAI sources said that the MOIC was designed by using the vast operational experience that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) has accumulated by using many types of UAS around the clock in “many and unique” missions.
The growing use of UAS in different missions requires a centralized command center to achieve full advantages of the growing number of specialized payloads carried by them.
By Arie Egozi
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