Interoperable Open Architecture: Trends and Analysis Report 2016

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Interoperable Open Architecture (IOA) is a System-of-Systems Architecture (SoSA) based upon open standards that delivers interoperability among sub-systems and applications built and procured at different times. It is the ability of systems, units, or forces to provide services to and accept services from other systems, units, or forces, and to use the services so exchanged to enable them to operate effectively together. Simply, interoperability enables any integrator to connect multiple components developed by different parties and it represents a key objective for defence procurement agencies in the future.

Defence IQ commissioned a survey of IOA experts and industry professionals to gauge how the market is evolving and to identify the key trends as IOA moves from being a nascent technology with limited practical applications to the standard military grade system for all future equipment acquisition programmes.

Based on a survey of industry experts, this report looks to analyse the data and provide an insight into the IOA market for defence across all three domains – land, sea, and air. It explores the key benefits and challenges of the technology, underscores the likelihood of open architecture standards becoming common in each domain, and examines the delicate relationship between government and industry as interoperability becomes an ever more important requirement.