Army asks industry for ideas on developing open-systems integrated digital radio and EW

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., March 31, 2016 U.S. military researchers are turning to industry for new ways to build combined radio, surveillance, and electronic warfare (EW) systems that are compact enough for military aircraft and ground vehicles. funds.

These systems must be small in size, weight and power consumption (SWaP) and make maximum use of open system standards such as OpenVPX for embedded computing, VICTORY for on-board network, modular Open RF architecture (MORA) for RF and microwave systems, and REDHAWK interfaces for software interoperability.

Officials from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

The request requires companies to submit white papers on new ways to design SWaP-optimized converged PEs and controls, controls, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and intelligence (C4ISR) that rely on OpenVPX, VICTORY, MORA and REDHAWK for Army platforms. .

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OpenVPX defines the form factors of the computer module and standard high-speed switching fabric for high-speed embedded computing systems. VICTORY – short for Vehicle Integration for C4ISR / EW interoperability – defines standard connections for future networked armored combat vehicles.

MORA, meanwhile, comes from the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Research and Development Center (CERDEC) in Aberdeen Proving Ground and seeks to create standard modules for RF and microwave systems, with the embedded computing industry standardizing on form factors. the board, electronic interconnections, rear board connectors and electronic chassis.

MORA’s efforts recognize the OpenVPX embedded computing industry initiative as a potential model for creating standards for RF and open source microwave systems.

REDHAWK is a software package that supports real-time design, development, implementation, management, upgrade and recycling of software-defined radio stations (SDRs).

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This project includes CERDEC’s integrated workflow convergence product team, which plans a modular open family of hardware and software for interoperable C4ISR / EW capabilities on military platforms.

The main goal of the army is to get feedback from the industry on the draft MORA V2.0 specification in support of hardware and software convergence and other initiatives.

The military’s top-level interest includes software-defined radio; RF condition and distribution; integration of antenna radio heads and RF air conditioning circuits; MORA signal port interfaces; VITA 49.2 for digital radio distribution; ready software for processing RF signals; MORA port processing interfaces; software development frameworks and operating environments; use of REDHAWK with hardware acceleration as field programmable gratings (FPGAs) and digital signal processors (DSP); use of 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet for low latency messages; and commented on the convergent CERDEC architecture of OpenVPX, MORA, VICTORY and REDHAWK.

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Interested companies must email 15-page white papers to the military no later than April 28 in

Request a copy of the draft MORA V2.0 specification online at

Send questions or concerns by email to military Oladayo Kaka at More information is online at