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DARPA Seeks Proposals for Aircraft Tech Integration Program

research and development RDThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking research proposals for a program the agency started to maintain the U.S.’ military advantage in air communications and weapons systems, Defense Systems reported Thursday.

Kevin McCaney writes the System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation program’s goal is to come up with systems that can run in open platforms and respond to short development times.

“Potential adversaries are now able to incorporate advanced technologies quickly and can field new military capabilities incorporating these technologies in large numbers, often several times during a U.S. weapon system’s development time,” the agency says in the solicitation, according to the report.

The goal is to “achieve rapid integration of new U.S. technologies as they are developed, without requiring significant re-engineering of existing capabilities,” DARPA says.

These include new tools in software, electronics and algorithmic technology for defense strategies and applications.

SoSITE operators would like to ultimately be able to operate in a flexible environment to perform quick upgrades and countermeasures across all types of manned and unmanned systems, Defense Systems reports.

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