Back in September 2011 I wrote a piece about Generic Vehicle Architecture, with the wider Land Open Systems Architecture, and how I thought it was one of the smartest things the MoD had done for a long time.
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Just to remind you, GVA, or Def Stan 23-09 is an open standard designed to place information at the heart of a vehicular system. The objective of GVA is to create a single, standard digital electronic and electrical architecture for UK vehicles
DefStan 23-09 defines physical and communications interfaces on a vehicle to allow interchange of equipment and provides definitions of the Human Machine Interface.
The purpose is;
The purpose of this Def Stan 23-09 is to enable the MOD to realise the benefits of an open architecture approach to Land platform design and integration, especially in regard to platform infrastructure and the associated Human Machine Interface (HMI) in order to improve operational effectiveness across all Defence Lines of Development (DLOD), reduce integration risks and reduce the cost of ownership across the fleet. This is achieved by mandating and applying the appropriate interface standards
With news announced at the recent Defence Vehicle Dynamics show that most of the UOR vehicle fleet (with the exception it would seem of Warthog) will be being bought into core, Selex had on display a modified Cougar with their GVA conversion equipment.
The solution replaces the existing crew displays with more compact, high-performance GVA HMI compliant displays and adapts the existing sensor suite to exploit the benefits of the GVA digital video standards. The innovative and modular software based approach implemented by Selex ES has also enabled a greater level of functionality to be embedded in the system compared with that which is currently fielded.
I think this is pretty significant because it allows the hugely disparate protected mobility fleet to at least have some degree of commonality on the electronics, thus reducing training overheads and maintenance costs.
As the ‘UOR into Core Implementation Strategy’ begins to kick in, vehicles return from Afghanistan and the longer term fleet composition becomes clearer this kind of commonality will become vital to controlling costs. It might cost in the short term to implement the GVA compliant equipment but the benefits will be enjoyed over the longer term.
Read Def Stan 23-09 at the link below