C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Dstl develops open-source framework to enhance military tracking technology

17 May 2019

The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 14 May the launch of an open-source software framework named Stone Soup, which is intended to help improve military tracking technology.

The new software framework will allow the algorithms used in missiles, vehicles, or drones to be compared, side-by-side, in a “bake-off” against realistic data.

According to Dstl, the initiative aims to provide better tracking capabilities for a range of difficult problems including following a swarm of small fast-moving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), predicting the movements of vessels, and tracking space clutter around the International Space Station.

The software architecture of the framework has six component types: algorithms, framework, data, metrics, simulators, and sensor models.

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