The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking to advance open systems architecture standards for weapon systems that should reduce life-cycle costs, enable rapid fielding of advanced warfighting capabilities, avoid vendor lock, and ensure cyber resiliency.
Under the Mission Systems Open Architecture Science and Technology (MOAST) programme, Leidos will conduct applied research, advanced technology development, and component prototype demonstrations to evolve and expand emerging open architecture standards and approaches for current and next-generation [US] Air Force [USAF] weapon systems, Kenneth Littlejohn, Sensors Directorate's Senior Technical Lead for the AFRL/RY MOAST programme told Jane's.
Those standards include: The Open Mission Systems (OMS) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Command and Control Initiative (UCI), for current and next-generation Air Force weapon systems, according to the AFRL Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
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