2011 MUSIC Exercise: Lessons Learned

Wednesday September 28, 2011

What is it?

The Manned Unmanned Systems Integration Capability (MUSIC) Exercise was conducted to demonstrate Interoperability and System Integration among Army Aviation Assets in accordance with Project Manager Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS) Interoperability Profile (IOP) version set 2.0 to be fielded in Capability Set CS 13-14. In simple terms, the Army's Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation proved that advancements in interoperability, across the manned and unmanned platforms, worked as anticipated. These accomplishments pave the way for Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) fielding initiatives within fiscal year 2012 and beyond.

What has the Army done?

Elements within the Army's PEO, Aviation conducted the first ever MUSIC Exercise, proving advancements in interoperability. Key to interoperability is the Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS) and the One Station Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT). The UGCS allowed a single operator to hand off control to various types of manned and unmanned aircraft systems. The OSRVT allowed for bi-directional control between the larger platforms, such as the Gray Eagle, Shadow, and Hunter Unmanned Aircraft. This capability demonstrated a Soldier using the OSRVT to directly control UAS payloads as opposed to requesting, via radio, a UAS operator to point payloads at a desired target. OSRVT also allowed receipt of video from the small unmanned Raven and Puma, and the manned Apache and Kiowa. These capabilities allow for improved battlefield management by increasing the operators' situational awareness and the sharing of real time, actionable data.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

Lessons learned during the month long 2011 MUSIC Exercise included multiple sensor feeds, teamed with a lethal weapons platform resulting in increased effectiveness, survivability and discretion by users. It was also determined that by linking the combat multipliers, manned and unmanned aircraft together to achieve a common objective increased the effectiveness of each asset. In calendar year 2013, PEO Aviation will conduct the second of many such exercises, in order to prove advancements made in future UAS technologies.

Why is this important to the Army?

Increasing the Interoperability of systems-to-systems has been a top objective of the Army for years. Interoperability translates into cost savings and increased efficiency, helping to mitigate the ever-increasing threat to our operational forces, due to advancements in enemy technology. Recognizing this, the UAS PO has been diligently working to shift the focus of its platforms from a system-level perspective to a capabilities perspective.

Resources:

Project Manager's Office: Unmanned Aircraft Systems

2100 MUSIC Exercise

STAND-TO!- MUSIC Exercise: Proving Interoperability

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