SOFWERX to rapidly review industry ideas
SOFWERX, a Tampa, Florida-based experimentation hub that collaborates with U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), has announced plans to host its first-ever ‘Collider Event’ from April 9-11 to evaluate industry offerings in such technology areas as artificial intelligence, communications, virtual reality and weapons.
Companies that receive a favorable review from USSOCOM experts at the event could be invited to enter negotiations for ‘near term’ awards, SOFWERX said, setting a February 15 deadline for proposals.
SOFWERX said it seeks ‘new, novel or provocative solutions’ for special operations forces, such as a lightweight machine gun–medium that weighs 30 percent less and is more accurate than the current .50 caliber machine gun. It also wants augmented reality/virtual reality tools to aid pilot training for AC130J gunships and U-28 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.
Other areas of interest include artificial intelligence/machine learning for military information support operations; media production manipulation and forensic analysis; holographic displays; edge computing; maritime operations enabling technologies; commercial communications/hotspots; medium range gas guns; data visualization; human performance optimisation; and business information and execution system.
‘There are 12 technology focus areas right now that I guarantee you people in this room have a solution for,’ said SOFWERX director Tambrein Bates, who spoke at the 30th annual Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) Symposium & Exhibition in Arlington, Virginia.
SOFWERX said the period of performance for proposed solutions should generally not exceed two years. Awards could take several forms, such as an other transaction agreement, a procurement contract for experimental purposes, a business-to-business research and development agreement or a cooperative research and development agreement.
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