Wanted: airborne electronic warfare (EW) situational awareness software that runs on SOSA-aligned computers

May 7, 2024
E-Gon seeks single-ship EW advanced software capabilities to provide an enhanced understanding of the electromagnetic operating environment.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – U.S. Air Force electronic warfare (EW) experts are reaching out to industry for software to help aircraft pilots understand and manage electromagnetic situational awareness for airborne EW.

Officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, issued a solicitation Friday (FA2385-24-S-9760) for the Ephemeral Paragon (E-Gon) program.

E-Gon seeks an advanced software suite of tactical single-ship EW capabilities to provide an enhanced understanding of the electromagnetic operating environment with a focus on algorithm adaptation, EW system management, and data management of the electromagnetic operating environment.

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Researchers are asking for industry to develop E-Gon computer hardware for the E-Gon program that complies with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA), Open Mission systems (OMS), and Big Iron open-systems standards.

The E-Gon's five technical areas and details are in a controlled unclassified document available to companies with the proper clearances. Email a request for the program's statement of objectives to the Air Force's Paul Repasky at [email protected].

The Air Force will award one contract for each of the five technical areas. Each technical area will mature existing government-owned algorithms until technologies are mature enough for prototype demonstration in a real-world environment. Ultimately, the project seeks to mature E-Gon software sufficiently to enable one systems integrator to build the software into a tactical platform.

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Companies interested should email five-page white papers no later than 7 June 2024 to the Air Force's Paul Repasky at [email protected].

Email technical questions or concerns to Paul Repasky at [email protected], and contracting questions to the Air Force's Colleen McDonald at [email protected].

More information is online at https://sam.gov/opp/defecd8bbf814f258913b6735789cedd/view.

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