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03 December 2015

I/ITSEC 2015: Next-Generation System for Secure, Live Virtual Constructive-Based Training

During the first week in September, Rockwell Collins completed Contractor Test and Evaluation flights at Eglin AFB, FL, for the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS). Throughout the testing, the high reliability of the CRIIS equipment resulted in all test flights being performed as scheduled. Only a single test flight was scrubbed due to bad weather. All the flights were conducted using production form, fit, function airborne and ground equipment.

In cooperation with the CRIIS System Program Office (SPO), contractors and the University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL), 13 test flights were conducted using an L-29 from the University of Iowa OPL. (Photo: Rockwell Collins)

The CRIIS programme fulfils critical US DoD requirements to provide Time, Space, Position Information (TSPI) and additional platform test data, while employing a more robust, spectrally efficient data link, including Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS). The MILS encryption recently completed certification on the program, and is capable of simultaneously protecting four levels of Top Secret through Unclassified data flowing between aircraft and ground components.

These flight tests demonstrate the mature, production ready level that the CRIIS program has reached,” said Tommy Dodson, Vice President and General Manager of Surface Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Tests were an end-to-end validation of the complete CRIIS system using production representative hardware and software. This testing validated that the next generation of secure, common test and training instrumentation is mature.”

Rockwell Collins is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the next-generation military test range system that will replace the Advanced Range Data System (ARDS) currently in use at major US military test ranges. CRIIS equipment will support a variety of platforms, including advanced fifth-generation aircraft, and implements the DoD’s vision of common test and training infrastructure for improved operational realism.

JSAS (joint secure air combat training System) from Rockwell Collins brings all capabilities together for high-fidelity air combat training, providing the “first certified, four-level Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) training equipment in both airborne and ground applications, allowing for tethered and autonomous operations,” according to the company. MILS provides secure interoperability between 5th-Gen and 4th-Gen aircraft, bringing significant training benefit to all participants in a simulated, high-threat combat environment.

The Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) programme is active with a schedule to complete Engineering and Management Development (EMD) in June 2016. With more than 90% of EMD already complete, flight tests are preparing to start at Eglin AFB and Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Additionally, the team recently flew the first risk reduction flight at Pax River.


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