Sources Sought: Multi Mission Integrated Rapid Accelerated GOTs Environment (MIRAGE) Pod

NCMS is assisting the US Air Force in seeking an industry/academic partner with the expertise and knowledge of radio frequency (RF) requirements for antennas that are compliant or aligned with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) standards.


The Multi Mission Integrated Rapid Accelerated Government off the Shelf (GOTs) Environment (MIRAGE) Pod is an open architecture electronic warfare (EW) test bed that is housed inside the AgilePod ™ 16-inch V2 form factor.*

AgilePod ™ is an open-architecture, reconfigurable system utilized by Air Force Special Operations communities. The system is built on multiple modules, with each module designed to accommodate electronic systems, sub systems, or both.

The MIRAGE program will iteratively build a test bed demonstrating modularity and an open architecture by flying the AgilePod ™ on several surrogate airframes and with different EW processing systems.

*A Technical Data Package (TDP) for the AgilePod 16-inch V2 is available to all industry participants upon request.

Solution Sought

The US Air Force is seeking a partner with relevant experience and capabilities in integrating RF front-end components that are SOSA-compliant or SOSA-aligned.

This partner’s solution needs the capability to rapidly become aligned with the SOSA Technical Standard 1.0 and/or the Open Mission Systems (OMS) Tier 1 standard (OMSC-STD-001) for messaging and communications regarding state, status, health, and additional latency-tolerant communications.

Aperture Requirements

  • Provides support for the MIRAGE Pod
  • Operates on typically available aircraft power – 28VDC
  • Transmits and receives capabilities across frequencies from 100 MHz to 18 GHz. The solution could be a single aperture or a suite of apertures to support the RF spectrum.
  • Enables rapid interchangeability between apertures (if multiple apertures are utilized)

Solution Requirements

  • Must meet SOSA and/or other open systems compliant requirements
  • Must meet the modularity needs for software and hardware
  • Must meet size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints
  • Must meet RF spectrum coverage

White Paper Response

Interested parties should provide a white paper response with no more than twenty (20) pages not including a cover page using the format below.

White Paper Response

  1. Describe general approach to providing the solution
  2. Describe assumptions
      List of tasks

      List of deliverables

  3. Provide detailed approach
  4. Provide a high-level project timeline and delivery of the aperture
  5. Provide a rough order of magnitude cost
  6. Describe what support will be provided for solution integration and implementation
  7. Describe recent and relevant experience implementing SOSA-aligned solutions on platforms/programs.
  8. Provide website URLs to corporate presentations and capabilities.

White paper submissions must be completed no later than COB Friday, July 22, 2022.  All questions and submissions can be addressed to

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