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Modular open RF architecture: extending VICTORY to RF systems
Author(s): Adam Melber; Jason Dirner; Michael Johnson
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Paper Abstract

Radio frequency products spanning multiple functions have become increasingly critical to the warfighter. Military use of the electromagnetic spectrum now includes communications, electronic warfare (EW), intelligence, and mission command systems. Due to the urgent needs of counterinsurgency operations, various quick reaction capabilities (QRCs) have been fielded to enhance warfighter capability. Although these QRCs were highly successfully in their respective missions, they were designed independently resulting in significant challenges when integrated on a common platform. This paper discusses how the Modular Open RF Architecture (MORA) addresses these challenges by defining an open architecture for multifunction missions that decomposes monolithic radio systems into high-level components with welldefined functions and interfaces. The functional decomposition maximizes hardware sharing while minimizing added complexity and cost due to modularization. MORA achieves significant size, weight and power (SWaP) savings by allowing hardware such as power amplifiers and antennas to be shared across systems. By separating signal conditioning from the processing that implements the actual radio application, MORA exposes previously inaccessible architecture points, providing system integrators with the flexibility to insert third-party capabilities to address technical challenges and emerging requirements. MORA leverages the Vehicular Integration for Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR)/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) framework. This paper concludes by discussing how MORA, VICTORY and other standards such as OpenVPX are being leveraged by the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Communications Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC) to define a converged architecture enabling rapid technology insertion, interoperability and reduced SWaP.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9479, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2015, 94790E (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2182616
Show Author Affiliations
Adam Melber, U.S. Army CERDEC Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (United States)
Jason Dirner, Vistronix Intelligence & Technology Solutions (United States)
Michael Johnson, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9479:
Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2015
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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