Air Force's AOC Weapon System reaches key software modernization milestone

By Sara Sirota / April 28, 2021 at 11:56 AM

The Air Force is making progress replacing the Air Operations Center Weapon System's command-and-control planning and execution capabilities and determined its modernized software package has reached a key milestone.

The service last month declared the Kessel Run All-Domain Operations Suite (KRADOS) a minimal viable product, according to a press release the Air Force issued today. This refers to an early version of software that users can evaluate to help developers advance its capabilities to a more complete operational package.

"Only a year after delivering stand-alone applications to support operations, we've fielded an MVP suite of nine applications connected by a common data layer for usability assessment and user feedback," Col. Brian Beachkofski, Kessel Run commander, said in the release.

Col. Timothy Hofman, chief of the AOC requirements division at Air Combat Command, added: "The AOC WS is Kessel Run's most complex development effort, and while the program still has a long road ahead, we are definitely picking up speed and the KRADOS MVP is an important point of progress."

KRADOS will continue to adapt over the next year, allowing the Air Force to begin transitioning the legacy Theater Battle Management Core Systems out of the AOC WS.