Marine Corps relies on CMOSS and SOSA open systems standards for infantry, vehicles and command posts

QUANTICO, Virginia – US Marine Corps electronic systems integrators study the industry to find companies capable of designing and building circuit boards, chassis and enclosures, as well as electronic subsystems that align with standards. open CMOSS and SOSA systems for a wide variety of future combat applications.

Officials from Marine Corps Systems Command at Quantico Marine Base, Va. On Wednesday released an information request for companies with CMOSS and SOSA aligned products to help Marines move away from siled solutions for communications, warfare tactical electronics (EW), cyber and intelligence technologies.

CMOSS and SOSA are acronyms for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance / Electronic Warfare (C4ISR / EW) Modular Open Suite of Standards / Sensor Open Systems Architecture.

Marine Corps leaders are keen to begin deploying system variants aligned with CMOSS and SOSA as soon as possible, ranging from advanced bases to tactical vehicles and infantry technology down to the platoon and squad level. riflemen.

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The Marines are particularly interested in communications technologies aligned with CMOSS and SOSA; GE support; position, navigation and synchronization (PNT); data storage; local IT infrastructure; and the capabilities of the sensors.

Electronic equipment aligned with CMOSS and SOSA has the potential to reduce development time, lower costs, and access a wide variety of suppliers of radios, video displays, sensors, electronic warfare tools, antennas and other communication technologies.

Although systems today use many of the same building blocks, they are not shared or distributed between systems, resulting in overcrowded platforms and bulky, heavy infantry equipment.

The systems aligned with CMOSS and SOSA will represent a distributed network of multifunction nodes operating on an ad hoc mesh data network using messaging protocols such as Internet Protocol (IP), J series messages, K series messages , the variable message format. (VMF), Named Data Network (NDN) and MIL-STD-1553.

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These communications networks and systems must provide low probability of interception (LPI) and low probability of detection (LPD). Electronic components aligned with CMOSS and SOSA will be present in all elements of command and at every echelon, according to Marine Corps officials.

The aligned CMOSS and SOSA systems are particularly attractive for battlefield command posts with powerful receive and transmit capabilities that allow operators to control other nodes remotely, as well as infantry fighters and military vehicles.

Marine Corps experts say they expect to use CMOSS and SOSA aligned equipment for direction finding; precision geolocation; unmanned aerial counter systems; countering electronic warfare with radio-controlled improvised explosive devices; command and control; communications; computers; cyber, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting; counter PNT and activate electronic warfare capabilities against land and non-land communication systems and radar systems.

CMOSS and SOSA describe layered standards that include software, hardware, and network layers using a modular open systems approach for all chassis and electronic circuit boards. Different configurations will reduce the need for platform specific integration and allow Marines to deploy new or improved capabilities with new circuit boards without the need for additional wiring or brackets.

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CMOSS and SOSA alignment capability occurs when compliant plug-in circuit boards fit into chassis and peripherals such as antennas, amplifiers, and user interfaces. Aligned with CMOSS and SOSA, it will be easier and more cost effective to upgrade capabilities or keep pace with commercial technology.

From industry, the Marine Corps is interested in knowing the current and future capabilities that meet CMOSS and SOSA standards for portable, assembled, disassembled, and body worn configurations as a team. Suppliers with EW compliant cards and compatible accessories related to transceivers, networks, unmanned systems, IED countermeasures, geolocation, navigation and position synchronization ( PNT) and direction finding are encouraged to respond.

Vendors with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities that would support EW data processing, recognition, and graphical user interface software are also encouraged to respond.

Interested companies should email white papers to Brittney Moore of the Marine Corps at [email protected] no later than November 23, 2021. More information is online at