Military Embedded Systems

CERDEC becomes VITA's sponsor member followed by Curtiss-Wright initiative to support the U.S. Army's MORA


October 16, 2015

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

WASHINGTON. At the AUSA 2015 show, VITA announced their newest sponsor member, the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC), who is developing the U.S. Army’s Modular Open RF Architecture (MORA) that enables open standards-based RF and microwave modules and small-form factor subsystem designs that address the size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints of ground vehicles. Also announced at the show was Curtiss-Wright's support of the U.S. Army's MORA with compliant RF capabilities using embedded commericial-off-the-shelfs (COTS) systems.

Curtiss-Wright’s initiative to support the U.S. Army's MORA extends with their collaboration with DRS Technologies, Inc. to bring RF capabilities to a range of rugged embedded open architecture modules and small-form factor subsystems that support the U.S. Army’s MORA.

“Today’s ground vehicles don’t have the room or power to support the addition of all the new RF-based capabilities that mission planners desire,” says Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “The U.S. Army’s MORA architecture provides a path for using true industry open standards to develop rugged COTS solutions to meet these critical requirements.”

MORA is based on the OpenVPX ANSI/VITA module and backplane open standard framework, which will enable C4ISR/EW capabilities to exist within the SWaP constraints of platforms and provide subsystem commonality across the vehicle fleet to reduce life cycle costs.

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