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DSTA delivered the first iteration of the next generation command and control (C2) system to support RSAF operations. It is a large-scale system that is integrated with an extensive network of sensors and C2 systems.

With this system, the RSAF is equipped with an enhanced air picture that is able to receive inputs from newer sensors. DSTA developed the C2 system and incorporated new decision support engines for recommending the course of action to deal with different threats, sensors’ coverage and configurations. The system is also able to dynamically detect airspace conflicts. These features help to improve operators’ situational awareness and decision making. DSTA delivered a data management platform and data analytics tools to collect data, analyse flight trends and detect deviations. DSTA also introduced touch-screen and 3D visualisation features to enrich user experience.

While delivering the system, the multi-disciplinary DSTA team had to address evolving operational needs as well as the complexities of System-of-Systems testing. The team designed the architecture for the system to be modular and adopted a new software release approach to deliver the system over several builds. It makes continuous delivery possible as new capabilities can be inserted by incorporating new or updated modules with each new system build.

The team also had to ensure the continuity of operations while phasing in the new system. To achieve this, it demarcated the workspace into different zones. In this way, renovation and system installation works could be carried out alongside operations in separate zones with minimal disruption.

This new C2 system has equipped the RSAF with enhanced sense-making capabilities, enabling operators to make smarter and faster decisions for improved tactical in-flight control. It also integrates with more C2 systems for greater situational awareness.