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gard to the elevation of Cyber Command
(CYBERCOM) to a combatant command,
and of cyber's potential relationship
to the EW ECCT effort, General Wilson,
observed that "As we separate CYBERCOM from STRATCOM, we recognize that
there will be a seam, and we will work to
eliminate that seam wherever possible,
and not let it develop. But we have to
recognize that it will be there and that
it will be an area that we have to pay
attention to as STRATCOM continues to
take on more responsibility for EW."
Specifically, as to whether cyber will
be included in the EW ECCT, General
Wilson deferred, saying only that, "We
haven't made up our mind yet on how
that is going to work. There is a natural symbiotic relationship there, so how
do we look at both? We're not yet sure
going forward, but as we flush out the
charter, we will be making that decision." - J. Haystead


The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2018


Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Next Generation
Jammer (NGJ) Low-Band (Increment II)

Program's Demonstration of Existing
Technologies (DET) phase. Managed by
NAVAIR's EA-6B and Airborne Electronic
Attack (AEA) Program Office (PMA-234),
the NGJ Low-Band DET effort will enable
program officials to identify and evaluate mature technologies and determine
areas where the Navy will need to invest
in new technologies in order to meet the
NGJ Low Band requirement.
Under the NGJ program, the Navy is
replacing its ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming
System family of electronic attack pods
on the EA-18G Growler with a new set of
jamming pods that can operate more effectively against modern integrated air
defense systems. The Navy plans to field
three podded NGJ variants - low-band,
mid-band and high-band - to cover its
Service and Joint AEA requirement. The
first of these, the NGJ mid-band pod (Increment I), is in the middle of Engineering and Manufacturing Development
(EMD) and will begin low-rate production in 2019. The Increment I pod is
scheduled to achieve Initial Operational
Capability (IOC) in 2021.
The second increment of the NGJ program will cover low-band frequencies
used by radars, as well as satellite navi-

gation systems, datalinks, and other
tactical communications systems. The
third phase, NGJ Increment III, will see
the Navy develop a "high-band" pod at
a future date.
Within the NGJ Increment II program, the DET phase will run approximately 20 months, from 2018 through
2020, during which each of the three
contractor teams will develop a Technology Demonstration Unit (TDU) that
will include an antenna, a receiver
chain and a transmitter chain. According to the BAA, "The Transmitter subsystem of the TDU is expected to be the
most completely functional electronic
subsystem, as its capabilities will be
the focus of the verification testing
and analysis."
The NGJ Increment 2 DET phase will
focus on four objectives outlined in the
BAA: 1) demonstrate a low band transmitter group within the size, weight
and power, as well as cost constraints
and allocations of a pod concept that
fits on the centerline station of the
EA-18G; 2) assess performance in such
areas as frequency coverage, Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP),
spatial coverage, spectral purity, and

The US Army has tapped BAE Systems Information and
Electronic Systems (Nashua, NH) to develop a midwave infrared missile warning system to equip UH-60M helicopters.
Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command (Redstone Arsenal, AL), the $24.4 million contract for the
Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) effort is designed to bridge the gap
between the current AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning
System (CMWS) and next Army threat warning system program of record. The contract value will rise to $97.8 million
if all contract options are exercised.
Intended to provide performance beyond the current capabilities of the AN/AAR-57 CMWS to address current and
emerging threats, LIMWS is designed to provide the detection and tracking of MANPADS threats for missile warning,
and detection of various forms of hostile fire to provide
hostile fire indication (HFI).
According to the Statement of Work (SOW) laid down by
the Army's Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors' Project Management Office Aircraft
Survivability Equipment, LIMWS will pass missile warning
cues to the Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) system (which utilizes two pointer-tracker assemblies when a

threat is detected) and command the AN/ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser when a threat is declared. Simultaneously, LIMWS will pass missile warning and HFI audio and
display information to the pilot vehicle interface via the
control/display unit (CDU).
Although the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter has not
been specifically identified as a host platform, the SOW additionally outlines a requirement for LIMWS to be able to
pass data through the AH-64E Aircraft Gateway Processor.
Under the base cost-plus-fixed fee contract, BAE Systems
will design, develop, fabricate, qualify, integrate, and test
a total of nine A-Kits for UH-60M helicopters, plus 30 prototype B-Kit ship sets. Each B-kit will include a suite of
mid-wave infrared sensors, the LIMWS system processor and
a CDU.
The SOW includes all work to be performed in the basic effort to include engineering and test support, product
support planning, the delivery of technical data, and the
delivery of prototype and production units of the LIMWS as
well as options for additional production.
Two bids were received by the Army for the LIMWS QRC
requirement. BAE Systems' contract is planned to run
through December 2022. - R. Scott


JED - January 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2018

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Thinking Through Collaborative Electronic Warfare
Report from the 6th Annual AOC Pacific Conference
EW 101
AOC News
Highlights from the AOC 54th Annual International Symposium & Convention
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - January 2018 - Intro
JED - January 2018 - cover1
JED - January 2018 - cover2
JED - January 2018 - 3
JED - January 2018 - 4
JED - January 2018 - 5
JED - January 2018 - The View From Here
JED - January 2018 - insert1
JED - January 2018 - insert2
JED - January 2018 - 7
JED - January 2018 - Conferences Calendar
JED - January 2018 - 9
JED - January 2018 - Courses Calendar
JED - January 2018 - 11
JED - January 2018 - From the President
JED - January 2018 - 13
JED - January 2018 - 14
JED - January 2018 - The Monitor
JED - January 2018 - 16
JED - January 2018 - 17
JED - January 2018 - 18
JED - January 2018 - 19
JED - January 2018 - Washington Report
JED - January 2018 - World Report
JED - January 2018 - Thinking Through Collaborative Electronic Warfare
JED - January 2018 - 23
JED - January 2018 - 24
JED - January 2018 - 25
JED - January 2018 - 26
JED - January 2018 - 27
JED - January 2018 - 28
JED - January 2018 - Report from the 6th Annual AOC Pacific Conference
JED - January 2018 - 30
JED - January 2018 - EW 101
JED - January 2018 - 32
JED - January 2018 - AOC News
JED - January 2018 - Highlights from the AOC 54th Annual International Symposium & Convention
JED - January 2018 - 35
JED - January 2018 - 36
JED - January 2018 - Index of Advertisers
JED - January 2018 - JED Quick Look
JED - January 2018 - cover3
JED - January 2018 - cover4