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Network Enclosure Architectural Concept Improvement


TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Electronics, 

OBJECTIVE: Project Office Integrated Air & Missile Defense (IAMD) is the lead materiel developer of the Army’s Integrated Air & Missile Defense (AIAMD) Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS). IBCS will fuse multiple Sensors into a Single Integrated Air Picture for Air & Missile Defense engagement planning and execution. One of the IAMD developed components is the Integrated Fire Control Network Relay (IFCN). A major component of the IFCN Relay is a Network Enclosure Assembly (NEA). The NEA houses many critical components to enable IAMD data. The NEA is plagued with multiple issues from size, weight, cooling capacity and access. The objective of this SBIR submission is to obtain innovative small business insights focused on Size, Weight, Power, and Cost (SWAP-C) improvements of the NEA architectural concept, improving the reliability and availability of internal components so that they work in the harsh environment and conditions experienced by the NEA, and improving maintainability of the NEA by providing Soldier access to perform operations and maintenance. 

DESCRIPTION: The NEA, which is a proprietary item, possesses seven additional proprietary items as well as eight others of which one is ruggedized. Given the proprietary nature of the item and several of the components, the intent of this SBIR is to evaluate the NEA architectural concept as a whole by: (1) Determine internal components that could be improved so that they operate in the harsh environment experienced by the NEA, (2) Assess and reduce the cooling system requirements based on improvement of the NEA architectural concept. (3) Enhancing maintenance and Soldier access to the NEA. The components that comprise the NEA: 1. Integrated Fire Control Network Relay (IFCN) Mission Case (Proprietary) - Bare bone case with Environmental Control Unit (ECU), Quantity: 1 2. Environmental Control Unit (ECU) Controller Assembly (Proprietary) - ECU control logic, Quantity: 1 3. Power Distribution Unit (Proprietary) - Internal Power Distribution (DC Edge Attachment), Quantity: 1 4. Northrop Grumman (NG) Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) High- Band Radio Frequency Unit (HRFU) control/status protector (Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) / Lightning protection) (Proprietary) - EMI/Lightning Protection, Quantity: 1 5. IBCS NG 100A 28 Volts Direct Current (VDC) Protector (Proprietary) - Circuit Breaker with EMI/Lightning Protection, Quantity: 1 6. Status & Coordinate Input Module (Proprietary) - Soldier input / display device to Initialization Global Positioning System Receiver Module (IGRM), Quantity: 1 7. Breaker Box, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), 100 amp (A) (Proprietary) - Circuit Breaker with EMI/Lightning Protection, Quantity: 1 8. Initialization Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver Module (IGRM) - The IGRM provides location information and 1 PPS signal to the HNR for initialization and continuous operation, Quantity: 1 9. PARVUS DURANET 18-Port Switch - Parvus Duranet 3000 Ethernet switch. The Parvus Duranet 3000 Ethernet switch routes classified data traffic between the Network Equipment and the PFPU, Quantity: 1 10. HAIPE, AltaSec KG250X, Ruggedized - HAIPE 3.0 encryption device (ViaSat AltaSec KG-250X). The KG-250X HAIPE 3.0 encryption device maintains the red / black communication boundary for all IFCN communication, Quantity: 1 11. Harris Baseband Processing Unit (BPU) - The BPU includes the control processor that hosts the HNW version 2 data link control layer, an OFDM burst modem that provides the HNW version 2 physical layer and an embedded mobile access switch router, Quantity: 1 12. Spectracom SecureSync Timing Unit Direct Current (DC) Power - The Spectracom SecureSync network timing unit provides critical system timing information, ensuring end-to-end synchronization with all IFCN nodes by means of a GPS-base NTP server, Quantity: 1 13. Telecommunication Systems (TCS) Tactical Router, MIL SPEC - Alt-Media Router, Quantity: 1 14. Media Converter Chassis - Fiber optic media converter chassis with Omnitron 119-0 media converters, Quantity: 1 15. NTN, Remote Global Positioning System (GPS) Antenna - GPS antenna, Quantity: 1 

PHASE I: Investigate and research innovative technologies and architectures that can be incorporated into a new mission focused enclosure, component focused, which can improve reliability and availability, operate with less or without active cooling, and which can perform the same functions as the components listed in the NEA description. Once investigation and research of potential technology is complete, the offeror will, in an unclassified format, identify implementation options in a Phase I report. Analysis information and prototypes developed during this phase must be supplied to the PEO Missiles and Space. The Phase II effort will likely require secure access. The Phase I effort will not require access to classified information. 

PHASE II: Using the technology and approach(es) identified in Phase I, design and package the improved components into mission focused prototype enclosures that are smaller, lighter, and more accessible. Analysis information and prototypes developed during this phase must be supplied to the PEO Missiles and Space. Analysis information and prototypes developed during this phase must be supplied to the PEO Missiles and Space. 

PHASE III: Transition the Phase II product into a deployable capability to enter into detailed technical and operational testing. Following testing, if successful, prepare sufficient data products to support potential procurement and fielding as part of the IAMD IBCS System as an integrated component. 


1: Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD),

KEYWORDS: Army Integrated Air And Missile Defense (AIAMD), Integrated Air And Missile Defense (IAMD), Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN), IFCN Relay, Network Enclosure Assembly (NEA) 

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