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The Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting
proposals for an RF system that can
perform EW, radar and communications functions in a single package
weighing 80 lbs or less. At this weight,
the system could be carried on a Group
3 UAS, such as the RQ-7 Shadow or RQ21 Blackjack.
DARPA's Strategic Technology Office (STO) is managing the multifunction program, known as Converged
Collaborative Elements for RF Task
Operations (CONCERTO), under a fiveyear development effort conducted
over three phases. During Phase 1,
contractors will study missions and
create new systems architectures.
Phases 2 and 3 will see them design,
build and demonstrate their prototypes in flight tests. CONCERTO is organized across four technical areas,
with multiple contractors expected to
participate in each one.
Technical Area 1 will focus on the
converged RF front end and aperture

technologies, including antenna integration on the airframe, low noise
amplifiers, power amplifiers and RF
conditioning and signal conversion.
During Phase 1, contractors will perform brass-board demonstrations.
Phases 2 and 3 will see companies
build the CONCERTO front end as part
of an integrated team.
Technical Area 2 will see development of a converged heterogeneous
RF processing engine referred to as
an "RF virtual machine." The challenge here is to achieve portability and performance for EW, radar
and communications modes. During
Phase 1, this work will pursue highlevel synthesis techniques that lead
to full virtual systems. Phases 2 and
3 will see an integrated team achieve
full hardware portability.
Technical Area 3 calls for development of a Sensor System Resource
Manager (SSRM) that will manage
the RF system and task it to perform
in its EW,

radar and communications modes
based on specific mission objectives.
The SSRM will then cue the converged RF processor (Technical Area
2), which in turn will cue the converged RF front end (Technical Area
1). The goal of the SSRM development is to enable spectral and functional maneuver. Phase 1 work will
see testing of SSRM prototypes on
a simulated payload model. Phases
2 and 3 will address development of
multiple SSRM spirals using an open
systems architecture.
Technical Area 4 will focus on maturing the technologies developed
under Technical Areas 1, 2 and 3 and
integrating them into a system for
demonstration on a Group 3 UAV.
The CONCERTO solicitation number is DARPA-BAA-16-28. The point
of contact is Bona Tilahun, (571)
218-4540, e-mail bona.tilahun.ctr@
darpa.mil. Proposals are due on June
22. - J. Knowles

The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2016

DARPA TO DEVELOP MULTIFUNCTION RF SYSTEM FOR GROUP 3 UASs

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JED - June 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Advances in COMINT/ DF Systems
Technology Survey: Communications and IED Jammers
SIGINT History
EW 101
Report from the 45th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
AOC News
2016 AOC International Election Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - June 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - June 2016 - From the President
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JED - June 2016 - The Monitor
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