Mass Enhances Capability Of Counterworx Tm Countermeasure Development Tool
Cohort company, MASS, has completed development of the latest version of its CounterWorX™ suite of specialist Countermeasure Development (CM Dev) tools.
The latest iteration of CounterWorX™ means that the suite now covers all operational environments, including RF, IR and EO spectrums, and allows intricate sub-system modelling.
MASS has utilised over two decades of experience in producing Countermeasures (CMs) for the UK’s Royal Air Force, along with developing CMs under licence for export customers, to extend the parameters of CounterWorX™.
As the demands placed on modelling and simulation for CM Dev increase, the enhanced suite will help users to address the specific and different challenges of CM Dev compared to those present in the passive Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Radar Warning Receivers (RWR) styled EW Operational Support.
MASS’ EWOS Technical Sales Manager Paul Bradbeer explains that sophisticated integrated threats like an Integrated Air Defence System need advanced modelling and simulation tools to match.
“In the past it has been difficult to find a single solution to meet the needs of IR and RF guided weapons. What we are seeing now is an evolution of CM modelling and simulation tooling to match complex threats, and also greater exploitation of modelling and simulation technology in the Threat Vulnerability and Countermeasure Development process” he adds.
One of the most notable challenges for nations wanting to do their own CM Dev is the need for engineering-detail intelligence data on threat weapon systems. It is a challenge because the methods needed to acquire it, the opportunities to do so, and the level of technical detail needed are quite different to those required for ESM reprogramming.
For example, data is generally weapon-based (so not easily obtained in peacetime), and data attributes are often not detectable or collectable by sensors. As a consequence, insufficient data may be available to produce a credible CM, or CMs may be sub-optimal, ineffective, or even endanger the platform rather than protecting it. As a worst case, nations may decide that without adequate data they’re not in a position to produce their own CMs at all.
So what do you do if you don’t have access to high-grade intelligence data?
One option is to use open-source data, but it is essential that users are assured of its accuracy and can verify it. MASS has successfully addressed this problem by producing a software tool, CounterWorX™ Discover. The tool uses a reverse-engineering approach to establish engineering-based inferences about missile performance, based on physical layout and properties.
Typically, the CounterWorX™ Discover tool takes the physical dimensions of a missile (perhaps from a scaled photo) and uses engineering principles (such as aerodynamics and the position of the missile’s various control surfaces) to establish likely performance metrics (e.g. thrust, aerodynamic coefficients, etc.). Tools such as this mean that the CM Dev process can be started with minimal data collection, it gives higher quality than ‘best-guess’ or invalidated open source data, and importantly it provides nations with a start-up capability which otherwise might be impossible.
“The benefit of using modelling and simulation is that CM Dev can be made faster and therefore cheaper, with less risk than live trials and with greater confidence, based on statistical evidence. Having a sophisticated suite of integrated tools like CounterWorX™ means that the number of modelling/simulation runs can be reduced, it is easier to identify factors having an effect, and therefore it is possible to focus more quickly on potential CMs, which, in turn, reduces the scope of operational trials,” says Bradbeer.
The next challenge is to use the data effectively and MASS has devised a process for Threat Vulnerability and Countermeasure Development (TVACD). It is in an easy-to-use format, using ‘Enterprise Architect’ software, and a Web-page front-end which provides access to a bespoke set of CM Dev documents and templates in Microsoft Word and Excel. By providing a trainable, repeatable process it is therefore possible to guide nations towards an organic CM Dev capability.
“Advances in modelling and simulation mean that the difference between a real weapon and its simulated counterpart has never been so small. CounterWorX™ is helping to narrow that gap further,” concludes Bradbeer.
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