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t he US ARMY ISSUES CIRCM RFP The US Army last month released the final request for proposals (RFP) for the Technology Development phase of its Common IR Countermeasures (CIRCM) program. Under the program, the Army plans to develop a lightweight (less than 70 lbs) directed IR countermeasures system for Army, Navy and Marine Corps rotary-wing aircraft. The final RFP has not changed significantly from the draft RFP the Army released last year. Two or more contracts monitor news will be awarded for the 21-month Technology Development phase. Each contractor will deliver 11 CIRCM prototypes (including three dual-head systems) to the Army for evaluation. Toward the end of the Technology Development phase, the Army will hold an open competition for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase, which will run for 15 months through the mid FY2015. In the DOD’s FY2012 budget, which recently was submitted to Congress, the Army requested $307 million for CIRCM development from FY2012-FY2016. The Navy is also funding a portion of the joint development program with a request for $89 million through 2016. The production phase of the program, which is slated to begin in the late 2015/early 2016 timeframe, is valued at $1-$1.5 billion. The Army could receive as many as five bids for the Technology Development phase of the program. The DOD’s two established DIRCM manufacturers, BAE Systems and a team of Northrop Grumman and Selex Galileo, are expected to respond to the RFP. ITT Electronic Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, all relative newcomers to the DIRCM market, also have been developing lightweight systems and are expected to submit proposals. Bids are due on April 15. The Army is expected to announce contract awards by September. – J. Knowles The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2011 US NAVY TO DRAW ON EXISTING PROGRAMS TO REPLACE EP-3E The US Navy is still fleshing out how it plans to replace its aging shorebased EP-3E Aries II turboprop manned signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft. The Navy canceled its nascent EP-X replacement program a year ago in favor of a less ambitious solution. CAPT Mike Moran, the Navy’s program manager for maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (PMA-290) at NAS Patuxent River, MD, told JED, “We are developing a ‘Family of Systems’ construct to recapitalize the EP-3’s airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance [ISR] and targeting capabilities within existing programs of record.” Programs the Navy is examining for possible onboard and “reach-back” SIGINT capabilities, he said, include the planned Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (see page 28), as well as the ship-based Medium-Range Maritime Unmanned Aircraft System (MRMUAS) and the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system. The latter is the follow-on to the Navy/Northrop Grumman Unmanned Combat Air System-Demonstration (UCAS-D) program. Moran noted, “We are not precluding the P-8 from having some type of multi-intelligence payload in the future, but at this point we are focusing P-8s on anti-submarine warfare.” Although several of the Navy’s EP-3Es were converted from former P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft fairly recently, the average age of the EP-3E airframes is 37 years, Moran said. “Twelve of the 16 aircraft are funded for airframe sustainment through Special Structural Inspection Kits or replacement Outer Wing Assemblies that should allow them to continue flying until the 2020 timeframe, if necessary.” A manned EP-3E replacement is still considered preferable at this point in time. “We in the Navy are in a relatively early stage of developing UAV technology,” he said, “and manned platforms are still very much necessary to fulfill our airborne ISR requirements. As our UAV technology matures and we begin to off-load some of the SIGINT capability to those platforms, we will be better able to assess the need for traditional manned platforms.” – G. Goodman 15 DOD RELEASES FY2012 DEFENSE BUDGET REQUEST The Department of Defense released its budget request for FY2012 on February 14 and sent it to Congress. The request included several EW and SIGINT programs and activities. The Army plans two major new EW program starts in FY2012. The first is the Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) laser-based protection system for smaller helicopters, with an initial $67.2 million requested (see related Monitor news). The second is the Integrated EW System (IEWS), with $7.4 million sought from a total of $282 million allocated through FY2016. The Army has kicked off procurement this fiscal year of its planned new manned signals-intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft, the Enhanced Medium-Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS). The service awarded Boeing a competitive engineering and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2011

JED - March 2011
Contents
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Airborne Maritime Patrol
What Electronic Warriors Should Know About Physics, Language and Concepts
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
AOC News
AOC Membership Page
AOC Industry/Institute/University Member Guide
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JED Quick Look

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