Unlocking Data Providers to Counter Unmanned Systems


(The Front Lines) – In the war against the unknown to which the power of modeling, simulation and analysis (MS&A) can be brought to bear, it is often helpful to be able to access, manipulate and leverage existing data in order to generate new insights into the operational problem. Take the increasingly important mission of countering unmanned systems – a product of the widespread proliferation and application of said systems – their capabilities now make them such that serious consideration must be made to limit or negate their effectiveness. This can span from kinetic (‘blow ’em out of the sky’) to passive (jamming/interfering with their control signals). With Systems Toolkit, it is trivial to quickly model an enemy unmanned aerial system (UAS) with a communications receiver, as well as both friendly static and moving transmission systems. The latter systems can then be set up at potential interferers such that their energy can overcome or jam the enemy UAS’ receiver.

EnemyUASComboAnother possible way to look at this type of scenario is to combine both the electromagnetic ‘access’ of the jamming transmitters to their target, and a specified ‘kill zone’ range interval. By accounting for the kind of transmitter system, available environment, rain and radio-frequency models, terrain, and object motion, STK is pretty good at identifying the likely jamming intervals for a given scenario. Via the Analysis Workbench Module (AWB) module, it is also possible to establish both a range profile for the enemy UAS with respect to the jammers, and to set a condition that specifies the range intervals of ‘interest’ to which the jammers may or must respond. The data for the specific dynamic ranges are ‘inherent’ to the STK scenario and thus via STK AWB, that information can be brought forward into the analysis to gain new insights into the mission.

This and similar aspects of STK AWB are covered during STKCore(TM) Training, with the next serial taking place 12-14 September, 2017, in Ottawa. Earlybird rates are available until mid-August. Click here to register.

Next Serial of STKCore(TM) 12-14 Sep, Ottawa

Next Serial of STKCore(TM) 12-14 Sep, Ottawa


(Winnipeg) – We are now almost a quarter into this fiscal year and a couple of weeks after the Canadian Government released its latest Defence Policy – an ambitious document portending to expand the military budget some 70% over 10 years. In particular, it states specific support to surveillance from (Radarsat Constellation Mission) and of space (Sapphire, Surveillance of Space 2), as well as indicates an intention to outfit the 3 services with unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.  Let us also not forget the part about acquiring satellite communications for the Arctic!

Choosing the right assets as well as the sensor packages for those assets is a delicate operation, especially when one considers how inter-operable and inter-dependent the services have become over the years. Regrettably, there are still ‘stovepipes’ and ‘sacred cows’ and incredible obstacles to achieving innovation in defence acquisition. Fortunately, there are systems and system of systems analytical tools like Systems Toolkit (STK) that can help answer some of the questions regarding multi-domain mission effectiveness.

Earlybird Prices are now in effect until mid-Aug. Group prices are also available

AppSpace Solutions Inc will be hosting its next serial of STKCore(TM) Training during the period of 12-14 Sep 2017 in Ottawa.  This is an opportunity for project scientists, analysts and operators to get some hands-on this toolset so that they can leverage it for developing their mission concepts and, more importantly, communicating them to their stakeholders. So, while it is promising that Canada’s military has the government support to acquire new systems, it is helpful to leverage modeling, simulation and analysis technology to work towards getting the best capabilities at the best price.