Case Study: Test & Evaluation Program

Client: Swiss MoD
Contract Date: 2007 – 2008

Contract Type:

14 month contract with the Swiss MoD with the following objectives:

  1. To reach Initial Operational Capability with optimised Interoperability (IO) between a Command and Control system (known as FLORAKO) and F/A-18
  2. To prove Swiss Link 16 operational and functional capabilities
  3. To acquire practical knowledge and experience in Link 16 operations
  4. To promote effective information exchange among all parties of the Swiss Link 16 community

The Swiss Air Force embarked on a programme to integrate MIDS/Link 16 into the F/A-18 fighter and a Command and Control (C2) system (known as FLORAKO), and as a consequence required help in establishing a strategy to manage the testing of interoperability to support the effective introduction of Swiss MIDS/Link 16 TDL operations.

3SDL is known in the market place to provide cost-effective, truly independent advice to our customers and therefore were approached by the Swiss MoD to see if we could help them in achieving their goals.

Taking an innovative approach, we introduced IO testing with live assets during the formal System Acceptance Testing (SAT) phase of the Command and Control system. This had never been conducted before on any Tactical Data Link (TDL) project, as IO was typically conducted as a paper-based exercise at this stage of a TDL program. Our customer had high expectations, the contractor had reservations! We successfully argued on behalf of our customer that if a system is mature enough to undergo a formal SAT then surely it must be mature enough to test with live assets.

Introducing the live testing during formal SAT resulted in approximately 120 observations being raised on the C2 system, the FA-18 and IO testing in general, with many of the observations resulting in Problem Reports being submitted on the C2 system. This meant that the customer vastly reduced the risk on their Link 16 capability before entering service, as the issues both system and IO, were discovered earlier in the program than expected, thus saving time and money on their product.

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