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le ade r ship

int e r v iew

modifications to the airplane and
the "Group A" (system installation
package) can cost as much, or more,
than the new EW suite you are procuring. In a cost savings fashion,
when we use open architecture and
truly modular approach, we now
have the ability to not only provide
a next generation EW capability, but
also put it in a form factor that minimizes modification on the airplane
- a tremendous cost savings in nonrecurring, recurring, and total life
cycle cost.

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Jeff Palombo

Take a look at what the Air Force
did on the EA-PUP program for example. The Air Force did something really smart as a cost savings measure.
They offered up their legacy equipment - the ALQ-131 and the ALQ-184
pods - and said, "I want a substantially better EW capability, but I don't
want to have to change out my pods,
and I don't want to have to modify my
airplanes." What a smart acquisition
strategy. With this approach, the Air
Force spent a very high percentage of
their money on the EW system ver-

sus spending their dollars designing
a new pod or modifying airplanes.
They gained more EW capability for
the same price, with minimal Group
A changes - in this case, no major
changes to the pod; and, they didn't
need the platform OEM to make
changes to the aircraft, which benefits both cost and schedule.

JED:

Is this an approach that
would work for the Air Force's
F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS)
program?

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would be an excellent approach for
the F-15. The Air Force wants to update the EW system on the F-15. The
question is, will the Air Force take
a similar approach as they did with
EA-PUP and financially consider
the Group A? Taking the structural
changes, and modifications analysis that may have to be made to the
airframe into account when they buy
a new EW system? Recognize that
different form factors and installation locations of LRUs will have a
very significant impact to total system cost. If you are able to provide a
system that's a form-fit replacement,
there is a huge cost savings potential
for the customer. You don't have to
do extended structural analysis; you
minimize mechanical and wiring
changes, and you minimize modifications to tech orders, and you significantly reduce the down time of
the airplane for the modification.
There is also a much reduced cost associated with qualification once you
install the system on the airplane.
There's a tremendous decrease in
system engineering on the airplane
side of the equation - read cost and
schedule. This offers a huge affordability advantage to the government.
If the acquisition approach chooses not to take all of the potential
Group A cost and schedule impacts
into account, or decides on a simplified cost equation saying that it's
the same total Group A cost for any
selected EW suite, than cost savings
will not be recognized. With this ap-


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JED - May 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2014

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview
European Helicopter EW
Advanced ASE And ESM Already On Some US Helicopters
Ground-Based COMINT Solutions
Fighting the Kill Chain: Concepts and Methods of Electronic Attack
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - May 2014 - cover1
JED - May 2014 - cover2
JED - May 2014 - 3
JED - May 2014 - 4
JED - May 2014 - 5
JED - May 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - May 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - May 2014 - Courses Calendar
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JED - May 2014 - From the President
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JED - May 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2014 - Washington Report
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JED - May 2014 - World Report
JED - May 2014 - Interview
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JED - May 2014 - European Helicopter EW
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JED - May 2014 - Advanced ASE And ESM Already On Some US Helicopters
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JED - May 2014 - Ground-Based COMINT Solutions
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JED - May 2014 - Fighting the Kill Chain: Concepts and Methods of Electronic Attack
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JED - May 2014 - EW 101
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JED - May 2014 - AOC News
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JED - May 2014 - 64
JED - May 2014 - Index of Advertisers
JED - May 2014 - JED Quick Look
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