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NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture

Military vehicle platforms today consist of a variety of subsystems that need to be compatible with each other. armasuisse S+T is actively involved in setting up the «NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture» implementation standard. This ensures the interoperability as well as a cost-effective integration of electronic subsystems on military platforms.

18.02.2020 | armasuisse Science and Technology, Communication and Electromagnetic Protection Systems

The NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture Standard enables consistent integration of various different subsystems on vehicle platforms
The NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture Standard enables consistent integration of various different subsystems on vehicle platforms

Low integration costs thanks to standardisation

A substantial part of the combat value of military vehicles is based on their in-built sensors, effectors and their connection with the guidance systems. The integration effort of such systems includes a large part of the project and life cycle costs.

With the aim of shortening the project duration, reducing the project risks and cutting the costs of integration and reconstruction, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO has instigated the implementation standard «NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture» (NGVA). As agile military platforms will become more and more important in the future, these standardised criteria are intended to simplify the cooperation between systems from different manufacturers and prevent silo systems.

Participation of armasuisse S+T in the standard «Data Infrastructure»

The NGVA standard is being continuously developed by the working group «Military Vetronics Association» (MILVA) and adapted to new technological developments. Delegates both from the government of NATO and non-NATO states, as well as from industry, are represented in the processing of this standard. About every two years, this standard is examined and revised, following which the new version is ratified and published.

In order to ensure complete interoperability between the subsystems, the vehicle platforms and the armed forces, the NGVA standard is subdivided into nine individual areas. As a non-NATO member, Switzerland, represented by armasuisse S+T, is cooperating in the MILVA working group for the continued development of the area «Data Infrastructur». With this participation, Switzerland can represent its interests in the standardisation committee and take part in setting up the standard.

The close cooperation with the authorities in other countries also enables us to learn from the experiences of other states in a direct exchange. Through these contacts, armasuisse S+T was able to initiate research projects in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE), in which the intelligent networking of sensors and effectors with guidance systems is being researched and developed.