On 16 July, SOFWERX in concert with United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Program Executive Office Rotary Wing (PEO-RW), will host a multi-phase event to identify the next generation Special Operations Aviation (SOA) cockpit.


Purpose: The purpose of the event is to inform the requirements for next generation of SOA cockpit (Hardware & Software) in a SOA variant legacy and Future Vertical Lift (FVL) platforms with material cockpit demonstrators. It will ensure state of the art technology informs future cockpit management solutions including open systems architecture, heads down, heads up and helmet mounted displays. It will also ensure exposure to any technology that could increase aviator capability from the cockpit.

Why Should You Participate?

1) It’s an opportunity for industry, laboratory and academic partners to better understand the operational needs of the RW user community and to share their technology concepts for a future cockpit that may feed into a SOA variant Legacy or Future Vertical Lift Platform (TRL 6 NLT 2021).

2) Additionally, USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR based agreements with industry partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM subject matter experts. As such, this event is considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.

Focus Areas:
•Voice Activation
•Heads Up Eyes Out Display

Event Overview:

Phase I – 16 July 2019 Capability Collaboration Event: SOFWERX will conduct a Capability Collaboration Event (CCE) focused on Next Generation SOA Cockpits in the areas of interest outlined above. During this event, Warfighters will interact and inform Industry, Academic and Laboratory partners to further communicate operational needs and/or desirements. Participation in the event is not mandatory, however, it is designed to provide insights to ensure potential submitters understand the problem set(s) and increase the likelihood of matching technologies with Warfighter needs. If you do not wish to participate in the Capability Collaboration Event, you are free to submit your technology for review for the Industry Demonstration Day on 09-13 September. The CCE will be conducted at SOFWERX in Tampa, Florida. RSVP to attend the CCE NLT 09 July 2019. Due to limited capacity only one person per organization will be allowed to attend.

Phase II – 24 July – 05 August 2019 Industry Demonstration Day submissions open: Submissions will be reviewed by USSOCOM PEO-RW SME’s and evaluated for their potential to satisfy the Warfighter’s needs discussed during the 16 July event. To submit your technology and be considered for Phase III attendance, please follow the submission instruction near the bottom of this webpage. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation on or about 21 August 2019.

Phase III – 09-13 September Industry Demonstrate Day: During the Industry Demonstration Day, invited participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM PEO-RW evaluation panel to demonstrate their capabilities. The forum will include both a live demonstration and Q&A portion. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, or any portion thereof, negotiations for Phase IV may immediately begin. At the conclusion of each day, the SOA cockpit team will also compile potential requirements for their future capability development documents (CDD).

Phase IV: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

  • Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
  • Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
  • Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)

*An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.

For event related questions, contact Tania Steele, Tania.steele@sofwerx.org
For technical related questions, contact Ryan McDonald, ryan.e.mcdonald.mil@socom.mil.