Objectives of the workshop on land vehicles with open system architecture (lavosar)

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  1. Background

EDA contracted a study on Land Vehicles with Open System Architecture (LAVOSAR) which had been carried out between 1 Feb. 2013 to 31 Jan. 2014 by Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH with the subcontractors Fraunhofer FKIE, Selex ES, Thales Communications and Security, Thales Optronics Ltd., Vetronics Research Centre (c.f. LAVOSAR Public Executive Summary attached).

The objective was to define an electronic and information framework architecture for military land vehicles which shall be published and proposed as Land Vehicle Open Architecture for Mission Systems. The developed architecture shall serve as a reference solution for developing and implementing mission systems for vehicles as well as for integrating the missions systems into a completely networked vehicle capability which can exist in a variety of configurations, dependent on the vehicle or mission requirement.

The study made recommendations for an EU standard and had influence on the NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture.

  1. Workshop Objectives

The objectives of the workshop are to disseminate the study results to a wider audience and to collect feedback on issues which are raised by the study and the way forward.

There have been two workshops during the LAVOSAR study, namely the Government Workshop on 23 April 2013 and the Industry Workshop on 25 June 2013. As the study topic is about an open reference architecture, it is intended to make the results known to the community of interest which shall be achieved with this workshop.

Also, the architecture which has been developed in the study is a proposal for an architecture which should be standardized, maintained and made available. Feedback from the community of interest is therefore desirable about the acceptability and usefulness of the results and the way forward.

  1. Workshop Approach

The LAVOSAR team will present results on

During the presentation discussion will be appreciated and feedback collected and documented in the minutes.
  1. TerminologY

Open Reference Architecture

Comprehensive best practice architecture with all necessary views from which a target architecture for a specific system can be derived and which is maintained by an open, public consensus process of an open forum.

There are no barriers to implementation by a third party:

  • No Secrets: MUST include all details necessary for implementation.

  • Availability: MUST be freely and publicly available (e.g., from a stable web site) under royalty-free terms.

  • Patents: All patents essential to implementation MUST:

  • No Agreements: There MUST NOT be any requirement for execution of a license agreement, NDA, grant, click-through, or any other form of paperwork, to deploy conforming implementations.

  • No Incompatible Dependencies: Implementation MUST NOT require any other technology that fails to meet the criteria above.

Military Land Vehicle

Manned or unmanned mobile machine that performs a mission (surveillance, reconnaisance,, combat, transport, etc.). It is subdivided into

Each vehicle carries only one missions system at a time. The mission system might be changed by replacing, adding, or taking away one or several subsystems which will again build the single mission system.

Vehicle Platform

The platform for the mission system which comprises all primary automotive subsystems and controls (incl. passive protection) and which is approved for driving on public roads

Vehicle Mission System

Vehicle equipment which is not needed for the primary automotive function, but is needed to perform a certain mission such as surveillance, reconnaissance, combat, communication, etc.


03 June 2014, EDA premises, Brussels
Draft Agenda

10:00 – 10:15

Introduction by the EDA

10:15 – 10:30

LAVOSAR Study Overview

10:30 – 12:00

Presentation of Selected Topics from the Study:

  • Analysis of Background Material

  • Information Collection from Stakeholders

  • Normative Framework

  • Business Case and Roadmap

  • Operational Aspects

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 – 14:30

Presentation of Selected Topics from the Study:

  • Integrated Mission System

  • Standards

  • Technologies

  • Specification and Design Guidelines

  • System Acceptance Framework

14:30 – 14:45

LAVOSAR Recommendations

14:45 – 15:00

Final Discussion, Summary and Way Ahead


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