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vironments where they have to operate
continue to evolve. We do our best to try
and make it affordable to keep the current systems relevant by working with
the supply chain, depot maintenance
folks, the users, and our industry partners to identify problems that need to
be solved and to find the best way to
solve them.”
The other aspect of the support mission, however, is to help provide the
decision makers with the information
they need to determine whether a new

system is required or a substantial modification to an existing system is warranted. “In that regard,” says Colonel
Kelly, “we don’t necessarily drive the
boat. We execute based on the requirements set forth by the MAJCOMs such
as AFGSC in terms of what they need to
fulfill the tasking that they have. This
then helps us adjust our priorities, such
as where we’re investing in software
block cycle upgrades, and what the content of the upgrades should encompass.
As we parse out the limited funds we
The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2013

With a maximum per-platform cost
target of $550 million for a total of between 80-100 aircraft, senior Air Force
leaders have repeatedly emphasized
that the development effort must focus on the use of proven technologies
and rely on the capabilities of advanced
systems already in production, such as
those on the F-35 and F-22 next-generation fighter aircraft.
The LRS-B is reportedly being
planned as a family of systems including
an optionally-manned version. The Air
Force’s FY2013 budget includes $300M
for the program this year and a total of
$6.3 billion from FY2013 to FY2017.
As for the role that electronic warfare
will play in the mission profile of the
LRS-B, Exelis’ Bob Edmonds, observes
that “this will be a key factor as the Air
Force begins to define what the aircraft
is going to be, what it will do, what kinds
of missions, and what kinds of environments it will work in, etc.” Operating in
heavily defended airspace against A2AD
threats will be an important requirement
for the LRS-B. “In the past, EW was essentially about defending a single platform,” explains Edmonds, “but in the
future it will be all about exploiting the
EM spectrum – integrated and effective
across the full spectrum of operations,
systems and domains. In this environment, the role of EW is really more about
electronic protection (EP) and electronic
attack (EA) using advanced capabilities
such as Active Electronically Scanned
Array (AESA) technology and high-power computer processing. The Air Force
sees the LRS-B as a central platform in a
system-of-systems, able to be integrated
and linked to both onboard and offboard
capabilities, to deliver both broad electronic attack as well as traditional kinetic attack.”

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The number, types, various technology-levels and sheer age of the different EW systems and platforms making
up the current long-range bomber fleet
makes for an extremely challenging support task. Yet that job is being done and
it is expected to continue for several
more decades. As described by Colonel
Kelly, “We have a very broad fleet of EW
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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 - Conferences Calendar
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