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Systematic develops VMF Gateway to support Aussie alliance roles

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Systematic has leveraged work developed for the Australian Army to provide improved interoperability between VMF and other communications standards supporting improved command-and-control (C2) capabilities. 

Systematic has leveraged work developed for the Australian Army to provide improved interoperability between VMF and other communications standards supporting improved command-and-control (C2) capabilities. 

Systematic has developed a new Variable Message Format (VMF) Gateway for its C2 software, SitaWare Headquarters. The new capability is available as an add-on module and provides an interface that enables VMF track data to work across a variety of formats, automatically exchanging blue and red pictures. 

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Morten Juhl Bødker, Systematic product manager for the software, said, "Nowadays coalition operations are the norm. As such, effective interoperability is a must and can mean the difference between mission success and failure. SitaWare Headquarters is operationally proven and its open architecture provides inherent capability growth and adaptability."

The VMF Gateway leverages work conducted by Systematic in conjunction with the Australian Army’s Land Network Integration Centre (LNIC). That project saw a VMF Capability Technology Demonstrator (CTD) established, which could move information between SitaWare Headquarters and a number of the Australian Army’s exemplar systems.

Initial testing of the VMF CTD supported 15,000 entities and subsequently grew to 25,000 – a scale that is representative of a coalition and multinational environment.

"SitaWare Headquarters is ideally suited to providing the interface between VMF and other NATO/US data formats," Juhl Bødker explained. 

A similar setup to that of the VMF CTD was in place for the Joint Warfighter Assessment 18 at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training centres in Germany. There, members of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance could observe the full common operational picture from across the event. The demonstrator fed into SitaWare Headquarters and other C2 and situational awareness (SA) systems. 

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In the case of the Australian Defence Force, the VMF Gateway capability is enabling the service to better link with other ‘Five Eyes’ members and with NATO networks.

As its alliance is fundamentally with the US, Australia decided to follow the VMF protocol for near real-time situational awareness, however, the Australian military regularly conducts missions alongside NATO members and therefore requires the ability to effectively interoperate.

Established in 1985, Systematic develops software and system solutions to customers in both the public and private sector. Today, the company is the largest privately owned software company in Denmark, with solutions sold to customers in more than 50 countries.

Systematic develops VMF Gateway to support Aussie alliance roles
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