Countermeasures Dispenser System Future Airborne Capability Environment-compliant Interoperable Reusable Software
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-024
Topic Title: Countermeasures Dispenser System Future Airborne Capability Environment-compliant Interoperable Reusable Software
Proposal No.: N181-024-0074
Firm: Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, California 90501
Contact: Ninad Patnekar
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Web Site:
Abstract: To address the Navyƒ?Ts need for a Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE)-compliant Countermeasure Dispenser System (CMDS) Operational Flight Program (OFP), Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new CMDS FACE-compliant Interoperable Reusable Software (CFIRS). CFIRS is based on a novel implementation of an adaptation layer that provides an interface between the CMDS native code to the underlying computing hardware environment. As a result, the current hardware-specific, tightly-coupled CMDS OFP becomes FACE-compliant and thus portable to a variety of hardware platforms irrespective of its hardware type, operating system (OS), or input/output (IO) interfaces. Due to this, the code can be reused in a variety of different platforms with FACE-computing environments without major development requirements thus reducing redevelopment costs. This, in addition to POCƒ?Ts infrastructure and experience in developing FACE-compliant military avionics, will be leveraged in the CFIRS development to provide POC a head start in transitioning CFIRS to the Navy. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of CFIRS though system analysis and will develop limited capability software reaching technology readiness level (TRL)-3/-4. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a fully functional prototype that will reach TRL-5/-6 and be ready for initial tests at Navy facilities.
Benefits: The main application of CFIRS will be for aircraft survivability equipment. Threats in todayƒ?Ts airspace are continually evolving, requiring a centralized countermeasure management system. Flight programs for each capability can be made interoperable by complying with FACE. By incorporating a FACE re-useable architecture, this capability can be made to fit various aircraft platforms. Various avionics components can be designed to support the FACE architecture, such as mission computers, displays, EGI, and navigation systems, offering large areas for growth. Protecting commercial airlines from missile threats is becoming extremely important with some recent terrorist attacks. The software used in this system will be a variant of the CFIRS system because the functionality will be the same aside from the interfaces and the hardware platform where it resides.