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USAF TAKES NEW APPROACH TO
THREAT EMITTER PROGRAM
After months of struggling to define
a workable acquisition strategy for a
second production lot of its Joint Threat
Emitter (JTE) program, the US Air Force
has decided it needs to take a different approach to procure surface-to-air
threat system simulators to train at its
training ranges. It has re-named JTE Increment 2 as the Advanced Radar Threat
System Variant 1 (ARTS-V1), and it has
taken steps that should make the pro-

gram more attractive to a wider array of
potential bidders.
According to the industry day announcement, “ARTS-V1 is a robust, ruggedized, mobile system. It will provide
threat-accurate radar tracking and
reactivity, to include tracking and engaging multiple aircraft simultaneously
with representative receiver/processor
and electronic counter-counter-measure
capabilities. The draft ARTS-V1 System Performance Specification (SPS)
outlines the parameters and require-

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ments the ARTS-V1 must meet. In addition, the system radar signature will
meet threat representative parametric
data of the actual threat as defined in
the Integrated Technical Evaluation &
Analysis of Multiple Sources (ITEAMS)
reports associated with the threat and
the Electronic Warfare Integrated Reprogramming (EWIR) database. The system will provide threat representative
full effective radiated power (ERP), replicate threat signals, antenna patterns,
and threat tactics capabilities. ARTS-V1
will also connect to the range integrated air defense system (IADS)-controlled
threat environment and will communicate with range network systems.” The
most pressing requirement is to develop
a realistic threat emitter that can provide training for pilots flying fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
Last month, the Combat and Mission
Support Branch (Hill AFB, UT) held an
ARTS Industry Day to provide potential
vendors with information, such as performance data and specifications and
also to solicit their feedback on the
program. This should help program officials to refine their acquisition plan
and possibly issue a request for proposals later this year. Several companies attended the industry day event,
including JTE contractor Northrop
Grumman Amherst Systems and DRS
Defense Solutions. The primary point
of contact is Michael Anderson, (801)
586-6016,
michael.anderson.3@hill.
af.mil. – J. Knowles

DARPA LOOKS TO DEVELOP SHARED
SPECTRUM TECHNOLOGIES
The Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) is taking up
the question of just how military radars and communications networks and
commercial communications networks,
which each rely on increasingly limited
amounts of a crowded spectrum, can
share that spectrum more efficiently.
The agency has issued a broad agency announcement (BAA) for the Shared
Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) program that seeks
to improve radar and comms capabilities
for both military and commercial users
by coming up with technical solutions
that enable spectrum sharing.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Enabling Global Strike: EW Updates to the USAF’s Bomber Fleet
Technology Survey
EW 101
AOC News
2013 AOC Industry Member Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - March 2013 - The View From Here
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JED - March 2013 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - March 2013 - Courses Calendar
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JED - March 2013 - From the President
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JED - March 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - March 2013 - Enabling Global Strike: EW Updates to the USAF’s Bomber Fleet
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