Navy plans open systems architecture data fusion systems for Super Hornet and Growler fighter jets


RIDGECREST, Calif. – US Navy air warfare experts are trying to find suitable enabling technologies for the design of data fusion systems for the Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet fighter-bomber and EA electronic warfare -18G Growler (EW) combat aircraft.

Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWCWD) Weapons Division officials at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in Ridgecrest, Calif., have issued a Request for Information (N6893622R0024) for the Data Fusion System for F/A-18E/F and EA- 18G platforms project.

Researchers are trying to better understand current state-of-the-art capabilities and strategies to determine the best data fusion solution for Super Hornet and Growler fighter jets.

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Data fusion integrates multiple data sources to produce more consistent, accurate, and useful information than that provided by any individual data source, such as how humans and animals use data information from multiple senses to improve their ability to survive.

From industry, Navy researchers want to know each company’s qualifications for designing sensor fusion systems; technology alternatives for advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms; automated and integrated test simulation; single-platform or cross-platform resource management; commonalities with other Navy data fusion systems; networking solutions; targeting algorithms; sensor logic; multi-level security; and hardware and networking requirements.

The researchers also want to know the company’s alternatives for designing modular open systems architectures for software and hardware; allocation of sensor fusion to subsystems and sensors; crew and vehicle interfaces; how sensor fusion could improve survivability, lethality, situational awareness and reduce crew workload.

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Navy researchers also want to know where the proposed technologies have been used before; how to perform incremental data fusion at each sensor and intermediate processor; how the data fusion system has been tested and evaluated; and previous relevant contracts.

Interested companies should email 20-page responses by May 23, 2022 to Navy’s Bobby Kapadia at [email protected] Responses can have up to five attachments of information slides, pre-printed sales brochures, or sales literature.

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