Software Architecture for Universal Plug and Play of Weapons

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0119
Agency Tracking Number: F041-163-1754
Amount: $2,484,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-163
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
220 Eglin Parkway SE, Suite 4, Fort Walton Beach, FL, -
DUNS: 114322076
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fred Benedick
 Director - Systems Engine
 (850) 664-6203
Business Contact
 Michael Gibbs
Title: President
Phone: (850) 664-6203
Research Institution
A high degree of electrical signal level interoperability has been achieved between aircraft and stores through the application of interface standards such as MIL-STD-1760. This has significantly reduced the need for hardware modifications to integrate stores on platforms, but software level integration remains a costly and lengthy process. Emerging technologies such as a common application programming interface (API) for store control software (as demonstrated under the previous WINTEC OASIS effort) and common interface function/messaging services (as being defined under the Air Force Universal Armament Initiative) offer the possibility to significantly reduce or eliminate platform software modifications typically required for each new store integration. For these technologies to provide maximum payoff, they need to be effectively integrated into legacy platforms. The Phase I Legacy Platform Weapon Integration (LPWI) effort developed and established initial feasibility of a software architecture for incorporation of such technologies into existing platform store control systems. The effort proposed here would provide for detailed design and demonstration of the Phase I concept, either in a platform system integration laboratory (SIL) or through modeling of a legacy system environment, ultimately paving the way for more of a “plug-and-play” approach to aircraft/store integration.

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