A common working example of Mission Data is the data which populates detection and self-protection systems of military platforms;
This allows operators to understand their environment better and correctly mitigate potential threats.
Why is Mission Data important?
Technology is constantly evolving and operational advantage is no longer assured by physical metrics, such as speed or mass, alone. Countries around the world, including potential adversaries, now seek to match or out-match each other beyond these traditional metrics; they are becoming increasingly sophisticated in the use of data. To continue to remain ahead, forces must optimise their technology by populating it with world-class and timely Mission Data. This will gain war-fighters an information and operational advantage and ultimately save lives.
What does Mission Data production involve?
Producing world-class, timely and relevant Mission Data requires access to rich source data, expert analysis, performance modelling, operational context, efficient production methods, product testing and performance feedback. The use of automation is increasingly vital to rapidly adapt and improve Mission Data (in hours not days) in an ever changing and competitive operational environment. The process can be further explained in the video below.
What challenges do our customers face in producing Mission Data?
The importance of Small-Medium Enterprises
The future challenge of delivering world-leading Mission Data in an ever competitive and contested operational environment cannot be met by one organisation alone. The task will require greater levels of collaboration than ever before, both across government and defence companies, large and small. Small-Medium Enterprises (SME) offer potentially niche, innovative and rapid solutions to some of the most complex challenges associated with future Mission Data production; they therefore have a great deal to offer in this space! Find out more about how we are working with SMEs to advance the future of Mission Data production.
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