Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw)

MKS180: Efficient Systems Engineering of Large Systems

In the project MKS 180, the Systems Engineering team of Fraunhofer IESE supports the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in requirements specification, modeling, and analysis as well as in system modeling. The future multi-role combat ship MKS 180 is characterized by very high complexity and heterogeneity, as is typical of a “system of systems“. There are, e.g., requirements from the areas platform, deployment system, logistics, and land-based facilities – elicited by the integrated Project Team MKS 180, which includes experts from a wide variety of domains in addition to the core team.

Systems Engineering as an Interdisciplinary Approach

In accordance with the definition of Systems Engineering, an interdisciplinary approach is used in a project of this size. In addition to requirements elicitation and definition as well as requirements management, an initial logical systems design is already derived in an early phase of the project, which can be used as an analysis model, e.g., for systematic change management or for cost estimation. Our tasks include in particular:

  • „„Development and maintenance of a requirements and system model „„
  • Requirements analysis and quality assurance in accordance with IEEE 830-1998 „„
  • Support in verification and validation procedures, e.g., through identification of assessment criteria, relevant requirements, and their impact on subsystems and components „„
  • System modeling in accordance with the NATO Architecture Framework (NAF) „„
  • Support in the evaluation of design studies and cost estimation „„
  • Application of the V-Modell XT Bw, e.g., in the realization of the acquirer/supplier interface

Customer statement

»Our collaboration with Fraunhofer IESE in the analysis phase parts 1 and 2 of the pilot project MKS 180 successfully contributes to the implementation of the approaches of the new procurement process CPM (nov.) in this project. We would like to particularly emphasize the high competence of Fraunhofer IESE in systems and requirements modeling, which is being done for the first time for an overall system of such complexity. This will allow the Integrated Project Team MKS 180 to successfully continue the process in part 2 of the analysis phase. We are grateful for the open and trust-based collaboration, which we will continue in 2014.«

Rudolf Braun, Head of Division S3.3 and Director IPT MKS 180, BAAINBw