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by this aircraft." Similarly, the SASC report states its belief that the Air Force
proposed retiring the EC-130H Compass
Call aircraft "based purely on the fiscal
environment and not on grounds of the
ability of the Air Force to effectively
meet the requirements of the combatant
commanders and the national defense
strategy." Instead, the SASC report affirms that "the EC-130H Compass Call
provides an unparalleled capability for
our combatant commanders to disrupt
enemy command and control communications and limit adversary coordination
essential for enemy force management."
The committee further stated that
the Air Force "has not yet sufficiently
identified, through studies and analysis, how it will continue to provide the
required capability and capacity to meet
combatant commander requirements for
this segment of the airborne electronic
attack mission at acceptable risk, and
will not gain insight through observations and conclusions until at least fiscal year 2017." The committee, added,
however, that it is also interested in
ways the Air Force could potentially
use existing and future EC-130H modernization and sustainment funds to
begin procurement of a new platform
to meet an initial operations capability in 2019 "against an advanced threat
in highly contested environments."
In addition to restoring the $28.7 mil-

lion in procurement funding, the SASC
also recommended an increase of $27.3
million for Compass Call Operation and
Maintenance.
For the F-15, the SASC recommended
a number of increases in capability-upgrade funding including an increase of
$11.6 million in production funding for
the Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS). The HASC
had fully-funded the Air Force's F-15 EPAWSS RDT&E program at $186.5 million,
but the SASC added $29.5 million to this
line item.
The SASC also added $48 million to
F-15 procurement funding for six F-15C
AESA radar upgrades and $192.5 million
for 24 F-15D AESA radar upgrades, as well
as $10 million for Advanced Display/
Core Processor II (ADCP II) to support
the upgrades. The report notes, "F-15
aircraft will be operated through the
2030 decade, and must therefore be able
to operate against advanced threats in
increasingly contested environments."
In contrast, however, the SASC did
not directly follow the HASC's lead on
F-16 AESA upgrades, which had recommended an additional $50 million to
conduct integration and testing for
an F-16 AESA radar upgrade, an effort
that had previously been cancelled,
and which had also included major associated upgrades to the F-16's EW suite.
Instead, the SASC only recommended a

provision that would "express the sense
of the Congress" on the F-16 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar
upgrades.
Large Aircraft IR Countermeasures
(LAIRCM) procurement was fully-funded
at $84.3 million

Navy Procurement
The SASC added $1.2 billion for procurement of 12 F/A-18E/F aircraft, an
item on the Navy's unfunded priorities
list, to "reduce near-term strike fighter
inventory gaps and risks." This will enable the Navy to retain the option of
converting these aircraft into EA-18G
Growlers should the Navy determine
that it needs more Growlers to cover the
Joint airborne electronic attack (AEA)
mission. Also in response to an unfunded priority, it added $170 million, (total $1.2 billion) for F-18 "RF kill chain
enhancements (jamming protection upgrades) to counter sophisticated digital
weapons and combat systems currently
proliferated around the world."
The SASC concurred with the HASC
on providing an additional $28 million
to meet an unfunded requirement for
two additional SEWIP Block II systems,
noting that "procuring the two additional units in fiscal year 2016 would
outfit two additional ships in fiscal year
2018."

Army Procurement
The SASC concurred with the HASC
on the provision of an additional $26
million of procurement funding for
the Common Missile Warning System
(CMWS), bringing it to $104.4 million,
to meet an unfunded Army requirement for "urgent Apache survivability
enhancements." It also approved $2.96
million in CREW procurement, $2.6 million for the EW Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT), and $13.7 million
for the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System
(EMARSS).

Research Development Testing &
Evaluation (RDT&E)
Defensewide, the SASC recommended an increase of $725 million to the
RDT&E budget to support follow-on
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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
The Modern MANPADS – an Evolving Threat
Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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