The Department of the Navy is seeking prototype support to address Modeling & Simulation (M&S) issues in the area of countermeasures and countermeasure techniques to protect U.S. aircraft from threat missile systems. The threat environment is changing at an ever-increasing rate. This reality requires the capability to respond rapidly to new threat missile systems. This cannot be done without an efficient means of developing prototype models, simulators, countermeasures, and countermeasure techniques.
As the number and complexity of threat weapon systems grow at an ever-increasing rate, it is critical to have the capability to develop prototype models of the new systems quickly and efficiently. Each new threat requires the building of a new prototype model which may in turn require upgrades to other existing M&S tools that are part of an overall simulation. The development of new prototype system models involves considerable R&D efforts and, by its very nature, is not formulaic. Consequently, it is impossible to predict precise expertise and material requirements far enough in advance to accommodate traditional acquisition timelines.
The U.S. Government requires a suite of T&E ready simulators for threat exploitation and countermeasure development that have been fully documented, verified, validated, and accredited. Prototype simulators will be sufficiently documented to allow routine replication of the prototypes in response to run capacity requirements. Given the increasing rate of threat development, in order to maintain robust protection of our aircraft and aircrews, the Government requires support for prototype HITL simulator development. The desired end-state objective of this project is to have the Performer fully integrated in all aspects of HITL simulator development with the Government.
The Government projects that up to 25 simulators may be required in the next 10 years. These 25 simulators will each be distinct and represent different threat missiles. Both the Government and the Performer will collaborate on the development of all future simulators; however, individual phases may be performed by either entity or both together.