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BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications

26 March 2020

An artist's impression of the ground-based Sceptre mission management tool that BAE Systems has developed for Eurofighter Typhoon, Hawk, and other fast jet operators, and is now pitching to multidomain mission planners also. Source: BAE Systems

BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations.

Speaking to Jane's on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational Requirements Specialist, said that the Sceptre 'mission planning and information portal' that has been developed for the Eurofighter Typhoon and BAE Systems Hawk aircraft in particular, but also for other fast jet types, could be utilised across the domains of air, land, sea, and cyber.

"We are very much expanding [the scope of Sceptre] and looking across the entire battlespace management picture," Aiken said, with Loader adding, "The intent is to link [BAE Systems' Air division] with other parts of the business to see if Sceptre could be used as a core capability to go through the entire campaign planning cycle - to sit at its centre."

Loader declined to say what multidomain opportunities are currently being pursued, stressing that it is too early to say. Aiken noted that the plan is for the company's Air division to draw on its Maritime and Land divisions, as well as the US-based BAE Systems Inc. to further its multidomain plans for the Sceptre system.

As previously described to Jane's , Sceptre is a modular Windows-based application capable of being used on a number of hardware devices including tablets, PCs, and touch tables. Sceptre supports the full plan, brief, rehearse, execute, and debrief cycle and is the mission data portal (MDP) interacting with the wider operational mission support (OMS) environment, as well as the platform and weapon system.

In its current fast jet application, when the mission is planned on the Sceptre system the data is loaded to a portable data store (PDS) that is, in turn, used to load the data to the aircraft.

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