Applying Model-Based System Engineering to Modelling and Simulation Requirements for Weapon Analysis


  1. Power, W.
  2. Jeffrey, A.
  3. Robinson, K.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier Research Centre, Quebec QC (CAN)
The use of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to support the definition of requirements and design of modern complex aerospace systems is becoming increasingly accepted. However, MBSE tools and techniques also have many beneficial applications in the definition of requirements for conceptual modelling, and in the design for modelling, simulation, analysis and implementation of aerospace systems. Engineered systems are achieving unprecedented levels of scale and complexity [1] and, arguably, some of the most complex aerospace systems today are military weapons and combat systems. As a result of this increase in system complexity, modelling and simulation is becoming increasingly important, but also increasingly challenging [1]. To address this, an MBSE based framework, known as the Whole of System Analytical Framework (WSAF) [2], was developed to provide structure, rigour and traceability to the definition of analyses being performed within the Weapons and Combat Systems Division of the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group). The WSAF is grounded in standard analysis principles and practises (for example, those described in [3]) but applies MBSE tools and techniques to support the analyst throughout the process [4]. Employing the WSAF, the study definition for the analysis of a weapon system’s performance is achieved by deconstructing the systems of interest into their functional components. This activity considers the weapon “kill chain” from in
Model-Based System Engineering;Modeling and Simulation;Weapon Analysis;Whole of System Analytical Framework (WSAF)
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DRDC-RDDC-2017-P119 — External Literature
Date of publication
01 Dec 2017
Number of Pages
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2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Yellowstone Conference Center, Big Sky, Montana, Mar 3 - Mar 10, 2018
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