An Open Standard for Physical and Logical Interfaces between System and C4ISR/EW Components
The Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) initiative began in an effort to resolve US Army vehicle troubles created by "bolt on" field equipment. Through use of VICTORY, tactical wheeled vehicles and ground combat systems may recover lost vehicle space, weight and power. The implementation enables platform systems to share information. VICTORY architecture implementations provide an integrated picture to the warfighters. Through use of open architecture, platforms can accept future technologies without significantly re-designing platform systems.
The initiative is developing a framework for integration electronic mission equipment including C4ISR and Electronic Warfare system on ground platforms. The framework includes: an architecture, a standard specification, and reference designs. The architecture includes definitions of common terminology, systems, components, and interfaces. The specification provides technical specifications for the systems, components, and interfaces identified in the architecture.
The VICTORY technical approach includes: a "data bus-centric" design; sharable hardware components; open standard physical and logical interfaces; a shared set of data bus services; and shared hardware and software information assurance (IA) components. The shared hardware components enable the deployment of software additions without adding additional hardware. The standard physical and logical interfaces enable system and C4ISR/EW components to communicate with each other. The shared hardware and software IA components allow systems integrators to build security designs to protect and control access to information.
A Government-Industry standards body developed the VICTORY standard specifications and follows an "adopt-adapt-author" methodology to establish a set of common open standards for use within the vehicle and mission system communities. These standards are independent of hardware or software solutions.
Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions is an active member of the VICTORY Standard Initiative. Curtiss-Wright offers a range of VICTORY-based systems.