Land Forces and Havelsan

Date: Issue 37 - November 2012

Different types of Command and Control Systems at different levels are developed for the functional areas within the Turkish Armed Forces. For efficient utilisation of these systems besides their current capabilities, they inevitably exchange information with other systems. This will only be possible by bringing these systems, developed at different areas, for different requirements and by using different technologies, into a common understanding and language. From this point of view, the Turkish Land Forces Command has decided to participate in MIP (Multilateral Interoperability Programme) community, which is supported by NATO also. Havelsan has been participating in MIP working groups together with the technical personnel of Turkish Land Forces Command since 2001.

MIP defines a Generic Hub named JC3IEDM (Joint Consultation, Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model) to ensure international interoperability, as well as DEM (Data Exchange Mechanism) standards to provide information exchange between systems. The solution provided by MIP has been adopted and implemented for Turkish Land Forces Command to be as a base not only for the international interoperability but also for the national systems integration. Within this scope, the products of KKBDVM (Land Forces Information Exchange Data Model) and VDM (Data Exchange Mechanism) have been developed by Havelsan. KKBDVM is a relational data model and provides a common taxonomy for all systems by defining all battle-space objects that can be a part of an operation. VDM is an application developed according to MIP standards to provide information exchange amongst data repositories derived from KKBDVM. Through this application, data exchange is achieved from force level to troop level according to need-to-know principle.