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Most armies' vehicles have been in use for decades and are often older than the soldiers who drive them. So a lifespan can be assumed that will outlast several technical leaps in innovation. This requires special planning for IT, which in this comprehensive view can only be done by many bright minds.

For this purpose, NATO has drawn up the standardization agreement (STANAG) 4754 "NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture (NGVA) for Land Systems". This is intended to create standards for vehicle architectures so that national systems and programs are maintained interoperably and thus in a sustainable manner.

The traditional approach of independent subsystems in platform design involves too many problems when integrating other systems, be it the computers, control units, display devices, energy or data usage. In addition, all individual vehicles in a digitized army should also be compatible with other vehicles and be able to exchange data. The consequence of the traditional approach is high operating costs, delays in modernization and unusable capabilities.

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