Tactical Tailor

Posts Tagged ‘SOFwerx’

SOFWERX – SOAR Helmet System Capability Assessment Event

Monday, June 10th, 2019

SOFWERX is holding a SOAR Helmet System
Capability Assessment Event
, 13-14 August 2019. The goal is to identify a new, lightweight, low profile Rotary Wing aircrew helmet for use by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment which solves the capability gaps below.

2D1AA2C7-5B5F-4BF0-9406-A34CE350EF6C

Helmet system capability gaps include, but are not limited to:
• The proposed helmet system must meet the performance requirements of Section 3.7 of the Purchase Description Aircrew Integrated Helmet System, HGU-56/P (AIHS) dated 1 November 1996, with the updated modifications identified in the Improved Rotary Wing Helmet Technology Readiness Test (TRT) Protocol dated 29 March 2019.
• The helmet system must provide significantly improved head mobility and field of view compared to the existing HGU-56/P. The helmet system must allow the AH/MH-6 Little Bird pilot the ability to visually see the pilot-side skids without having to position his upper body outside of the cockpit.
• In the opinion of the operator, the helmet system must remain comfortable and stable for a minimum of 8 hours of continuous use. This includes when being used in conjunction with a Night Vision Device (NVD), oxygen delivery system, and CBRN mask.
• The helmet system must integrate and still meet the performance requirements when used with the following items
o Aircraft Internal Communications System (ICS) of the AH/MH-6 Little Bird, MH- 60M Blackhawk, and MH-47G Chinook; Objective of a digital headset that is compatible with the digital output of the ICS, and does not require an inner-ear solution (e.g. ear bud)
o AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR), AN/PRC-152A Multiband Handheld Radio (MBHHR), and AN/PRC-163 Multi-Channel Handheld Radio (MCHHR)
oAquaLung Portable Helmet Oxygen Delivery System (PHODS) with nasal cannula and full mask option
o M45 Aircrew CBRN mask,Joint Service Aircrew Mask–Rotary Wing (JSAMRW) MPU-5
o Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging System – 6 (ANVIS-6) with up to 640 grams of total weight
o FirstSpear Aviation Body Armor Vest
o Elbit Common Helmet Mounted Display(CHMD)
• The helmet system should have the option of an easily attachable/detachable
maxillofacial system that provides environmental and impact protection.
• The system must be designed with snag-free cabling for all items requiring cables.
Cabling and connectors shall be durable and designed for repeated use and flexing.
• The helmet system must be maintainable at the unit level with readily available
replacement parts.

Successful demonstrations may be considered for follow on production awards to replace ~1300 helmets.

Interested parties have until to submit. Visit www.sofwerx.org/helmet for full details.

SOFWERX Forming SOF/Service/OGA Council for Innovation and Agile Acquisitions

Monday, September 10th, 2018

SSD readers are innovators and a quite a few of you currently serve in a variety of roles. SOFWERX is looking for innovators and is forming a council at their facility in Tampa, Florida, consisting of SOF, Military Service and OGA representatives.

The purpose is to increase and accelerate capabilities to the warfighter using agile acquisition processes and the SOFWERX platform:
• Cross leveraging networks & expertise to find best of breed and buy down risk
• Creating non-traditional technology opportunities
• Generating efficiencies through leveraged funding
• Applying flexible business methodologies
• Advancing cross cutting, high yield capabilities

For additional information visit www.sofwerx.org/council.

SOFWERX – Illicit Finance Group

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

One of the most effective tools to counter transnational threats is the ability to identify and interrupt their financial networks.

7D7E1C99-95BF-4E77-ACEB-19CAF44AA54A

Illicit Finance (IF) is at the forefront of the international agenda. Governments, academia, and the financial services industry worldwide are joining forces to combat fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, cryptocurrency, international bribery, and human trafficking.

On Wednesday, 3 October, from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM, SOFWERX will host an Illicit Finance meeting where representatives from the Department of Defense, law enforcement, institutions of higher education, and the financial services industry come to share information and discuss joint-collaboration efforts at hand.

Those interested in participating should visit www.sofwerx.org/illicitfinance.

RADA’s MHR Part of the X-MADIS Solution Wins Prize at SOFWERX ThunderDrone RPE III Event

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

RADA & Partners’ Mobile Drone Defeat System demonstrated at Counter UAS Exercise

July 16, 2018 Netanya, Israel, – RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. A leader in the development , production and sale of tactical land radar for force and border protection – announced that RADA together with its partners, Ascent Vision and Sierra Nevada Corporation, won a $200,000 prize at the SOFWERX ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE) III demonstration, with its X-MADIS mobile drone defeat system.
RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) is the primary detection and tracking sensor of X-MADIS (the eXpeditionary Mobile Aerial Defense Integrated System), tailored for Counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) missions. Combined with other state of the art systems (Electro-Optical/Infrared and electronic warfare equipment), the system is integrated into a commercial off-road vehicle. It can detect, locate, identify, track, exploit and defeat an enemy UAS on the move or while in a stationary position, protecting airports, no-fly zones and other high-value infrastructure.

X-MADIS excelled at every stage in the exercise, proving it could provide solutions for a broad range of threats. The award was presented late last month at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, commented, “We are very proud to be part of the industry team achieving this success for X-MADIS. The system is a derivate of a system deployed successfully with a Department of Defense customer. Therefore, it demonstrates that our technology is highly scalable, flexible and truly adaptable for multi-mission environments.”

The SOFWERX RPE demonstration events, also called Game of Drones, began in June 2017. More than 450 technological capabilities aimed to tackle sea, land, and air-based UAS, tactical swarms, payloads (kinetic/non-kinetic/sensors), and their associated data science applications. ThunderDrone RPE III was the culmination of the events, and provided a venue for systems of various technologies to be tested in a true field environment.

The exercise was formally evaluated by a government assessment team. SOFWERX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), created to investigate new technology in an effort to put the most advanced capabilities into our warfighters’ hands. 

For more information, see the SOFWERX website.

SOFWERX to Host Generation X Austere Basecamp Capability Assessment Event

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

In conjunction with the USSOCOM J4, SOFWERX is hosting a Generation X Austere Basecamp Capability Assessment Event, 28-29 August 2018, which is a Capability Assessment Event to identify innovative and emerging technologies for power, waste/water management, construction materials/methods, and force protection/sensitive compartmented information facility at small (12 to 50 person), austere basecamps.

Generation X Austere Basecamp Desirements:

•  Power: Click Here to Review Power

•  Construction Materials/Methods: Click Here to Review Construction Materials/Methods

•  Water Management/Sanitation: Click Here to Review Water Management/Sanitation

•  SCIF/Force Protection: Click Here to Review SCIF/Force Protection

Interested? Visit www.sofwerx.org/basecamp.

SOFWERX – Combat Ready Utility eXoskin

Friday, July 13th, 2018

SOFWERX, in partnership with Elysian Labs, has innovated the Combat Ready Utility eXoskin (CRUX). The CRUX is a Bluetooth device designed to allow the user to rapidly switch between user-defined Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) integrated capabilities.

The CRUX is fully programmable, can be set up in minutes, and is easy to operate between commands. The next step is to have the CRUX work with the Near-Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) Personal Area Network.

SOFCON: SOF CEMA 16-20 July 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Warfighter Project Submission Deadline: 20 JuneSubject Matter Expert Deadline: 27 June

Speaker Call for Papers Deadline: 27 June

SOFWERX, in Tampa, FL, will host a dual track SOFCON Working Group with the theme of SOF Cyber Electro-Magnetic Activities (CEMA). The Project Track will provide an environment for SOF related technology exploration and innovative technology use based on direct interaction and feedback with Warfighters at the event. The Speaker Track will give Warfighters the opportunity to view presentations from expert speakers and select exhibitors.

Objective

Project Track

• Allow SOF operators and engineers/hackers/makers to experiment with non-standard commercial technologies in order to develop use case concepts and build a common repository of instruction sets.
• Technical training on CEMA related topics.
• Advanced capability exploration with representatives from SANS Institute. (Check back often for details as the schedule becomes finalized.)

Speaker Track

• Informative presentations from Subject Matter Experts (SME) on CEMA related topics.
• Exhibitor presentations and demonstrations on CEMA related products & services.

Focus Areas

• Cyber
• Electronic Warfare
• Signals
• Drones
• Additional Warfighter Nominated Projects

www.sofwerx.org/sofcon

SNC and Partners Invited to SOFWERX ‘Game of Drones’ Demo

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

X-MADIS Mobile Drone Defeat System Advances in Counter UAS Exercise
SPARKS, Nev. (May 22, 2018) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its partners, Ascent Vision and RADA Technologies, will participate in the SOFWERX ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE) III demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base next month. SOFWERX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), created to investigate new technology in an effort to put the most advanced capabilities into our warfighters’ hands.

SNC and its partners will participate in the demo, also being called “Game of Drones,” using X-MADIS (eXpeditionary Mobile Aerial Defense Integrated System), which is a self-contained, fully mobile and integrated counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capability. The C-UAS, radar and Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) equipment is integrated into a commercial off-road vehicle that can detect, locate, identify, track, exploit and defeat an enemy UAS (also known as drone) to protect airports, no-fly zones and other high-value infrastructure.

The SOFWERX RPE demonstration events began in June 2017 and have evaluated more than 450 technological capabilities aimed at bringing sea-, land-, and air-based UAS, tactical swarms, payloads (kinetic/non-kinetic/sensors), and their associated data science applications to the Special Operations Community. ThunderDrone RPE III is the culmination of the events, and X-MADIS is one of just 30 remaining entrants. Only warfighters, interagency partners, and select contributors from industry and academia may participate in RPEs, which are formally evaluated by a government assessment team.

X-MADIS performed flawlessly in the previous RPE II held at Ft. Bragg North Carolina. This event evaluated operational setup time and the system’s capability to detect, locate, identify, track, exploit, defeat, and assess effects on threat representative small unmanned aerial vehicles. The top three participants for the upcoming exercise, called “Game of Drones,” will be awarded prize money based on system performance.

For more information, see the SOFWERX website. X-MADIS will be on display at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Fla., May 22-24, booth #1624.