Open Architecture Development Environment for Radar Mode Design
Navy SBIR 2019.2 - Topic N192-080
NAVAIR - Ms. Donna Attick -
Opens: May 31, 2019 - Closes: July 1, 2019 (8:00 PM ET)


TITLE: Open Architecture Development Environment for Radar Mode Design


TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Air Platform, Battlespace, Electronics


ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA262 Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems


OBJECTIVE: Develop an open architecture environment to efficiently design and evaluate advanced radar modes.


DESCRIPTION: The DoD has long been interested in the benefits promised by open architecture (OA) development environments for avionic systems. The OA development environment allows 3rd party developers to cost efficiently and rapidly design capabilities and field them to the warfighter in a paradigm that is resilient to the lifecycle maintainability of systems against issues caused by diminished manufacturing sources (DMS). The Navy is interested in a small business identifying and demonstrating an OA development environment as a 3rd party developer of radar modes. With the advent of Software Defined Radar (SDR) systems, traditional radar technologies will face obsolescence. However, to exploit the flexibility of SDR, innovation in the design of adaptive or cognitive radar modes is needed. It is expected that these adaptive or cognitive modes will improve maritime and overland radar-based tracking and classification performance. The development environment should support the design of robust modes operating in the presence of low radar cross section or stealth threats and in the presence of adversary jamming.


PHASE I: Utilizing an OA development environment, design adaptive radar modes supporting wide area maritime surveillance and classification as could be hosted on a notional SDR architecture. Develop the plans to demonstrate the radar modes in Phase II. Demonstrate and quantify through analysis and simulation the improvements in

maritime situational awareness resulting from the adaptive modes designed in the mode design development environment. Improvements include improved detection and tracking performance, reassociation performance and vessel classification performance. Ensure that the development environment is supported by a range of mode design trade studies and performance assessments. The Phase I effort will include prototype plans to be developed under Phase II.


PHASE II: Use the OA development environment to develop a specific radar mode and test the mode on mission hardware in a laboratory environment in preparation for subsequent demonstration in a field test.


PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Complete development of the adaptive radar mode. Integrate, and transition to Naval airborne surveillance platforms. The development environment supporting OA is applicable to a wide range of radar and other sensor systems used in military and civilian applications such as air traffic control radar systems.



1.  Tokar, J. L. “An Examination of Open System Architectures for Avionics Systems – An Update.” Air Force FACETM TIM Paper, March 2017. ics_Systems_-_An_Update


2.   Nathanson, Fred E. et al. "Radar Design Principles: Signal Processing and the Environment (2nd Edition)." Scitech Publishing: Mendham, NJ, December 31, 1999.



KEYWORDS: Open Architecture; Radar; Radar Mode Design; Third Party Development; Open Interfaces; Airborne Surveillance



Oliver Allen





Lee Skaggs





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