News & Events-Frazer-Nash delivers insight into ship air integration for Navy Command Headquarters

Frazer-Nash has completed a six-month study into current practice for determining safe conditions for ship air integration (SAI) for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), on behalf of Navy Command Headquarters.

A systems engineering approach was applied to the scientific and engineering challenges associated with SAI, from concept to delivery to identify where increased use of science and technology could provide better safety assurance and improve capability, affordability and data robustness.

The study comprised a number of elements including: a full academic review of current best practice; the identification of risks and issues relevant to determining safe conditions for SAI and the provision of recommendations for prioritising and implementing identified best practice. These recommendations should ultimately improve understanding of the application of Science and Technology (S&T) to the ship air interface, enhance operating limit estimates, and increase the operational envelope across the Fleet.

Historically, the majority of evidence driving the safe operating limits for SAI has come from real world trials; Frazer-Nash's study has the potential to improve the efficient use of modelling as it identifies specific areas of focus. The areas include: assessing the benefits of higher fidelity modelling and simulation methods; standardising the use of existing modelling techniques; and fully developing S&T to support a SAI Framework. However, where real world trials are undertaken, this new approach will increase the amount of relevant information gathered and provide crucial underpinning data for further modelling.

John Holmes, Business Manager at Frazer-Nash said, "We drew upon our comprehensive air integration domain knowledge, expertise in systems engineering, modelling and human factors experience and our strong working relationship with Dstl to deliver this project. We are delighted to be a part of a project that will ultimately help increase the operational envelope of the UK 's maritime aviation capability."