MUSIC Exercise: Proving Interoperability

Friday April 15, 2011

What is it?

The Manned Unmanned Systems Integration Capabilities (MUSIC) Exercise is made possible due to nearly five years of strategic planning by DoD and Army leaders, engineers, and warfighters building the Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) "Interoperability" systems. The Army's Project Manager (PM) Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PM Apache and PM Armed Scout Helicopter will converge to conduct the first of its kind "hybrid" aviation exercise. Manned aircraft anticipated to take part are the Apache Block II/III and the Kiowa OH 58-D/F as well as the unmanned aircraft Raven, Puma, Shadow, Hunter and Gray Eagle. This event will allow aviation project manager's to put their aircraft and equipment through scripted scenario/situational rigors of combat thus proving out the systems.

What has the Army done?

The Army model is to provide the most automated, capable and trustworthy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to our warfighters. The UAS mission has grown to include MUM-T, interoperability, aerial communications relay and weaponization. MUM-T is made possible by the introduction of the One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT). This interoperability technology allows for the handoff of payload control, receiving and transmitting of real-time streaming video and manned pilots to control unmanned aircraft. The MUSIC Exercise is being conducted to establish proof of the aviation system's ability to interoperate.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army UAS Project Office (PO) is poised to keep pace with increasing demands for unmanned aircraft, while continuing to make crucial upgrades and advancements in technology. The future of unmanned aircraft systems includes efficiencies, incorporating technology payloads, such as Triclops, a sensor package with three separate balls, that allows multiple users to autonomously acquire targets. For example, you have one Gray Eagle with Triclops payload supporting an area of operation, allowing three units or individuals to operate sensors independently of one another, from the same unmanned platform. This feature increases, three fold, the "eye in the sky" capabilities of the unmanned aircraft and decreases the required manpower and equipment requirements.

Why is this important to the Army?

Unmanned aircraft systems deployments have increased 47 times that of FY03, and continue to be the most dynamic and rapidly changing technology on today's/tomorrow's battlefield. The Army's UAS-PO, and its partners the USMC, the TRADOC Capabilities Manager, and the Army G-3/G-2 offices, are poised to continue our central role of providing the most capable, automated, lethal and interoperable systems available to America's warfighters.

Resources:

PM UAS website link

MUSIC Exercise Article

MUSIC Exercise Briefing

MUSIC Exercise Fact Sheet

Short animated MUSIC exercise Video

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