Responses Due: 17 February 2023 at 5:00 PM PT

RFI Release: 5 January 2023 at 12:00 PM PT



The Government has provided a Request for Information (RFI) for the Advances in Infrared Imaging Technologies (AIIT) opportunity . Please find the document below:

AIIT RFI: SKA-Gen2 RFI Approved 2022.12.21


The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting information from industry on low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) hardware component technologies for a system to detect the energy signature of the impact between threat ballistic missiles and an interceptor of the Integrated Missile Defense System (IMDS). Specific technologies of interest include high temporal sample rate infrared sensors and processing hardware capable of processing high frequency data in a space environment.

MDA is interested in technologies that are at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or greater. TRL 6 is defined at minimum, as a system/subsystem model or prototype that can be demonstrated in a relevant environment (i.e., simulated operational environment, software partially integrated with hardware system). However, information on innovative technologies that can achieve TRL 6 are still of interest.

This RFI is in support of the next generation of MDA’s Spacebased Kill Assessment (SKA) program. The next generation of SKA is envisioned as a hosted payload to be on orbit no later than FY 2029. SKA supports the MDA’s future Post-Intercept Assessment (PIA) capabilities with spatial and radiometric data. PIA is a synthesis of multi-phenomenology (Infrared/Radio Frequency/Kill Vehicle (IR/RF/KV) imagery), tracking and pre-intercept discrimination input data; and processed outputs (comparison of observed feature data to expected physics-based signatures) to determine engagement effectiveness. The contribution of the next generation SKA is hypertemporal (>1kHz), IR radiometry and spatial remote sensing of the intercept debris cloud. One of the goals of PIA is to provide reliable, trustworthy, and sufficient evidence that could influence warfighting actions during an engagement, including enabling a Shoot-Assess-Shoot doctrine.