Testing Advanced Distributed Simulation for Use in Electronic Warfare Test and Evaluation
JOINT ADVANCED DISTRIBUTION SIMULATION/JOINT TEST AND EVALUATION ALBUQUERQUE NM
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The JADS JTE program is an OSD sponsored Joint-Service test designed to determine how well an emerging technology - Advanced Distributed Simulation ADS - can support DoD test and evaluation TE activities. The two-phase ADS test using an Electronic Warfare EW system will investigate the present utility of ADS for TE, identify the critical constraints, concerns, and methodologies when using ADS for TE and identify the requirements that must be introduced in ADS systems if they are to support a more complete TE capability in the future. The emphasis of the JADS EW test is not on evaluating the EW system performance in use as a test vehicle rather, the emphasis of the test is on the performance of the ADS components and their relative contribution to EW systems TE. The term ADS which includes Distributed Interactive Simulation as a subset is intended to support a mixture of live, virtual, and constructive entities. The ADS-oriented test approach will investigate numerous issues from the TE perspective including distributed test control and analysis, network performance, relationships between data latencies, ADS induced data anomalies, use of the High Level Architecture HLA, and Run Time Infrastructure RTI. Time, cost, and complexity, as well as validity and credibility of the data are part of the evaluation. A series of tests have been designed which will support comparison of data and results obtained from open air range EW testing with two ADS-based tests. This paper focuses on the two ADS-based tests to evaluate the utility of Advanced Distributed Simulation ADS to support an Electronic Warfare system test. The paper describes the test objectives, scope, and test design process for creating a unique virtual EW test environment of linked components. Details describing the test methodology, the ADS test architecture for testing an EW system, and use of DMS0s High Level Architecture are provided.
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