AFRL releases MANIAC RFI
On January 25, the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) released a request for information (RFI) for RF System Development Multi-Aperture Networked Intelligence for Agile Combat (MANIAC) – Phase I. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Central on February 6.
This RFI is being published to identify potential sources capable of providing support for design of Multi-Function, Multi-Mode RF systems, working with leaders across the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Integrated Seekers and Processing Branch (AFRL/RWWI) Office, which directly supports AFRL/RW.
The Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Integrated Seekers and Processing Branch (AFRL/RWWI) anticipates releasing Call #4 RFP against Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) FA8651-22-S-0001 for designs of Multi-Function, Multi-Mode RF systems, Research Area 14.
The primary objective of the Multi-Aperture Networked Intelligence for Agile Combat (MANIAC) Phase I effort is to develop a tactical system concept, system models, and a detailed (comparable of Critical Design Review) technical design for a low Cost, Size, Weight and Power (CSWAP), multifunction RF/MMW system capable of performing target engagement (including active and passive sensing for homing and/or RF-aided inertial guidance ), navigation (ownship and intra-fleet), fuzing, communications (intra-fleet) and collaborative (multi-platform sensing) modes.
The proposed capability is intended to enable agile, sustained, and accurate operation in contested and degraded environments against ground mobile targets while employed in solitary or collaborative small, low-cost, air-delivered munitions. The proposed state-of-the-art system shall improve CSWAP efficiencies through the use and reconfiguration of common multiband/wideband apertures, multichannel transceivers and distributed hybrid processing controlled by an autonomous/cognitive resource management system.
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