Do you have novel approaches for developing and implementing an application-based, open avionics architecture software system?

Source: (image credit:  Sharon Rice, DSIAC)

Source: (image credit: Sharon Rice, DSIAC)

DSIAC is searching for novel approaches for developing and implementing an application-based, open-architecture software system in support of the Innovation and Modernization Pax (IMPAX)

The F/A-18 Hornet and EA-18G Growler avionics architecture is scheduled to begin a transition from a closed software architecture with original equipment manufacturer-defined interfaces and defined technology insertion windows to an open architecture with published standard interfaces. This open architecture transition will enable frequent, off-cycle integration of new mission software applications.  A potential first step in making this transition is to run applications on an adjunct mission computer.  The Distributed Targeting Processor – Network (DTP-N) is the network processor for the tactical targeting network technology that supports current applications with the ability to host additional applications.  In this new approach, the baseline operating system will remain relatively constant, and only the individual applications will require testing and certification. This approach could help create an “App Store” from which users could download F/A-18 and EA-18G mission computer apps developed to support a wide range of evolving missions.

Areas of particular interest are:

  1. Multilevel security environment
  2. Adopting open architecture on processors with embedded software
  3. Minimizing latency

DSIAC is seeking information from individuals with experience in similar development efforts in order to help IMPAX better understand the process and essential requirements. If you understand application-based, open-architecture software systems and have a unique concept/technical approach or information on similar initiatives, please either join the discussion on DTIC's DoDTechSpace forum or email a concept brief or white paper (both linked below) to DSIAC. In a response submission, please provide the following information:

  1. Organization/Company Name
  2. Point of Contact Information (Name, Title, Phone, Email)
  3. Concept/Technical Approach Overview
  4. Applicable Experience​

While responses are preferred by 17 January 2020​, this posting will remain open until 21 February 2020.

Inquiry Cutoff Date: 
21 February 2020