To better support RSAF operations, DSTA delivered the next generation air operations Command and Control (C2) system which presents an integrated and comprehensive air situation picture to allow the RSAF to deal with a wide spectrum of threats.
With this system, the RSAF is equipped with an enhanced air picture that is able to receive inputs from newer sensors. The team 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 detect airspace conflicts dynamically. These features help to improve operators’ situational awareness and decision making. In addition, the team incorporated artificial intelligence and data analytics technologies that significantly improved mission effectiveness and operational efficiency, as well as designed an innovative system architecture to enhance the system's resilience and sustainability for critical 24/7 operations.
While delivering the system, the multi-disciplinary 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 doing so, renovation and system installation works could be carried out alongside operations in separate zones with minimal disruption.
In recognition of its contributions, the team behind the system received the Defence Technology Prize Team (Engineering) Award in 2020.