Special Mission Processor

Capability Assessment Event 

DATE CHANGE: 14-15 August 2018


On 14-15 August, SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM PEO-FW, will host a Capability Assessment Event (CAE) to identify existing high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) solutions which might be leveraged to replace the existing Special Mission Processors and provide improvement over the current capabilities. The information provided might potentially support future commodity procurement (i.e., not a development program), inform future requirements for development programs, support a rapid integration/demonstration event, establish a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), support Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), establish a Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) project request, and/or lead to USSOCOM participation in a vendor demonstration of a capability.



Inform PEO-FW of the current state and near future state of Special Mission Processor technologies that may be available for consideration and potential use in the AC/MC-130J program.



The MC-130J aircraft performs clandestine, low-level air refueling, airdrop, insertion/extraction, and resupply missions. The AC-130J performs airborne precision engagement and close air support missions. Both aircraft perform missions over politically-sensitive or hostile territory at night, and under adverse weather conditions. The Special Mission System (SMS) is the safety critical keystone enabling SOF tactical mission systems to integrate with the organic aircraft flight controls on both the AC-130J and MC-130J. SOF tactical mission systems installed on the aircraft include the MC-130J Common Terrain Following (MCTF) radar, Precision Strike Package (PSP), RF Countermeasures (RFCM) and Airborne Mission Network (AbMN).

Special Mission System Sub-components:

•  Two Special Mission Processors (SMP)

–  Two Network File Servers (NFS)
–  One Additional Video Display Terminal (VDT) to the Combat Systems Operator station

•  One Keyboard/Trackball

The Special Mission Processors are the central processing component for hardware and software integration of the SOF unique, tactical mission systems onto the aircraft. Automating battlespace information flow is critical to mission success of the penetrating tanker’s reduced crew (crew of 5 on the legacy MC-130H Talon II, crew of 3 on MC-130J).


Focus Areas

PEO-FW is interested in Special Mission Processor capabilities that are at TRL 7, Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solutions for rapid system integration. However, presentations on lower TRL and Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) capabilities will also be considered.

The desired improvement categories are:

• 1553 Control, Ethernet control, Processing, Graphics control and Video switch control
•  High TRL/MRL
•  Built-in test
•  Airworthiness
•  Bi-directional communication and data fusion

Ideally, capabilities should be minimal-to-no hardware modifications to SOF FW aircraft and compatible with current SOF FW aircraft systems for any required software modifications.


Tentative Schedule

14 August 
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Check-In
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM SOFWERX 101
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM PEO-FW Brief Industry Partners
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Q&A
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM Company 1
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Company 2
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Company 3
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Company 4
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Company 5
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Break
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM Company 6

15 August
8:15 AM – 8:30 AM Government Only Sessions
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Company 7
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Company 8
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Company 9
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Company 10
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Company 11
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch (On Your own)
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Company 12
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Government Only Sessions


How Can You Get Involved?

Review Special Mission Processor Information

• Special Mission Processor Brief: Click Here to Review the Brief

• Special Mission Processor Requirements: Click Here to Review Requirements

       • Special Mission Processor Government Brief: Click Here to Review the Government Brief


• Invitations and consolations were sent on 12 June.


•  Sign Up to Attend CAE: Closed

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