Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Compliant ALE-47 Operational Flight Program Software Application
Navy SBIR FY2018.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-024
Topic Title: Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Compliant ALE-47 Operational Flight Program Software Application
Proposal No.: N181-024-0511
Firm: SimVentions, Inc.
100 Riverside Parkway
Suite 123
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406
Contact: Bertram Chase
Phone: (540) 372-7727
Web Site: http://www.simventions.com
Abstract: Successful software systems eventually outlive the hardware they are deployed upon and must be migrated to a modern platform. The AN/ALE-47 Operational Flight Program (OFP) is an example of such a system. Migration to a new platform incurs risk because it requires some level of change to the existing code base. Great cost and effort in testing and maintenance have been invested to bring the system to maturity. This is especially true of mission-critical tactical systems. However, migration offers the opportunity for enhanced performance, greater interoperability, and reduced software lifecycle costs. A balanced approach is required that maximizes gains in performance, interoperability, and lifecycle cost savings while minimizing risk and the cost of migration. SimVentions believes it has the experience, knowledge, and tools to provide such an approach. SimVentions will rely upon the knowledge gained as a member of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACETM) Consortium, the experience of re-hosting the Nulka Controller software in a Data Distribution Service (DDS) environment, and tools developed for other efforts like Dexter, Tactical Monitoring and Injection Tool (TCMIT), and Ada to C++ to re-host the AN/ALE-47 to run on the Intel i7 or Xeon processor in a FACE environment.
Benefits: SimVentions expects that the methodology, tools, and processes that will be developed will lead to significant savings in combat system re-hosting, integration, testing, and certification. By establishing a process/methodology with supporting tools for migrating existing components into the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACETM), the lifespan of legacy systems can be extended to maximize the militaryƒ?Ts investment. Additionally, this approach allows existing components to be migrated to other platforms across the Navy and other services. In this case, a FACE conformant OFP could be used in simulations or commercialized as a part of a Countermeasures Dispenser System in the private sector. The tools that result from this effort will also be commercially applicable to vendors of software components that want to port their components to alternate hardware platforms.

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