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In order to collect these signals
in the electromagnetic environment,
DARPA wants to develop real-time wideband hybrid photonic/digital processing technologies and architectures.
The BAA states, "By greatly increasing
real-time signal speed and spectrum
coverage by 1000x or more, the ASTRAL
program will enable superior EM signal
awareness at the tactical edge with new
technology suitable for tactical mobile
units. The program will also greatly
improve the capability of current computing and communication resources
applied to EM awareness. ASTRAL technology will enable U.S. tactical forces,
in both traditional military environments and nontraditional environments
(e.g. urban and "hybrid" conflict), to
understand what adversaries are doing
around them, anticipate adversaries'
future actions, and recognize potential
threats. ASTRAL will provide an asymmetric advantage, by making adversaries' EM sensing and communications
transparent at the tactical edge."
The ASTRAL program will focus on
two technical areas (TAs). Under TA
1, contractors will develop a 1- to 10GHz hybrid analog/digital photonic/
electronic processor brassboard impleth
menting a previously developed 4
order cyclostationary (CS) processing
algorithm "on wideband signal input
approximately 1000x wider than current real-time all-digital processors."
TA2 calls for contractors to "design hybrid analog/digital photonic/electronic architectures matched to high-gain
signal processing algorithms (beyond
CS) addressing candidate military EM
ISR applications."
The
solicitation
number
is
HR001117S0044. The BAA coordinator can be contacted via e-mail at
HR001117S0044@darpa.mil. Proposals
were due on September 5. The BAA closes on January 15, 2018. - JED Staff

tems full-rate production in support
of the Expeditionary Warfare Program
Office. The JCREW Increment one Build
One system is the first generation
open architecture across multiple capabilities. The contract options could
increase the value of the contract to
$505 million. Work will be performed
in San Diego, CA and Sierra Vista, AZ
and is expected to be complete by August 2022.

IN BRIEF

BAE Systems Electronic Systems
(Nashua, NH) has tapped Harris Electronic Systems (Clifton, NJ) to supply
advanced electronically scanned arrays
for Air Force Special Operations Command's AC/MC-130J RF Countermeasures program. BAE Systems won the
contract earlier this year.

Northrop Grumman (Herndon, VA)
was awarded a $57.7 million contract
from Naval Sea Systems Command
(Washington, DC) for Joint Counter
Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive
Device (RCIEDs) Electronic Warfare
(JCREW) Increment One Build One Sys-

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The University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute (Los Angeles, CA) has received an
$8.2 million option for Phase 2 of the
Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) Circuit Realization
at Faster Timescales (CRAFT) research
program. The CRAFT program is seeking
to develop new fast-track design circuit
methods, multiple sources for integrated circuit fabrication, and a technology
repository that will facilitate reuse of
proven solutions to solve ongoing need
for specialized, higher power, integrated circuits. The contract modification
boosts the total cumulative face value
of the contract from $11.8 million to
$20 million. Work will be performed at
Marina Del Ray, CA, with an expected
completion date of August 2018.

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SRC (Syracuse, NY) has received a
$10.9 million contract from the US Army
Contracting Command (Redstone Arsenal, AL) to rapidly develop and deploy
electronic warfare improvements onto
mobile, low and slow small unmanned
aerial system integrated defeat system
variants to theater and to support variants in theater. Work is expected to be
complete by end of July 2018. In a separate effort, the company is also being
awarded a $7.95 million cost-plus-fixedfee completion contract from the Naval
Research Laboratory (Washington, DC)
for multi-intelligence swarm-sensing
research and development. Work is expected to be complete by the end of August 2022.

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Protests filed by Boeing and Bombardier, which had argued against the
US Air Force's plans to allow L3 Technologies, acting as the prime system integrator, to choose the new platform for
the EC-130H Compass Call mission, have
both been denied by the Government
Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO issued a closed decision late last month,
but said it would issue a public release
of the protests after negotiating details
with the companies.

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Naval Air Systems Command (Patuxent River, MD) announced plans to
award a pair of contract modifications
to procure up to 60 AN/AAQ-45 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasures (DAIRCM) systems. The Navy
will award the work to DRS Network
and Imaging Systems (Dallas, TX) for
sensors and infrared processors and to
DRS Daylight Solutions LLC (San Diego, CA) for lasers and fiber-optic cable
assemblies.

Northrop Grumman has won a $7.1
million contract from DARPA for Rapidly
Adaptable, Pseudo-lithic, Analog and
Digital (RAPAD) Microelectronics Modules for Radar, Communication and EW.
With options, the contract value could
rise to $16.3 million.

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The Air Force Research Lab's Information Directorate, Information Exploitation & Operations Division, Cyber
Operations Directorate (AFRL, RIGB) in
Rome, NY, has announced plans to award
a sole-source contract to Herrick Technologies (Germantown, MD) for  four
Symphony Hotshot Plus eight-channel
software-defined radios (SDRs) and three
quad-channel Symphony HTLw-TP SDRs
for EW and ELINT testing applications,
as well as 24 quad-channel Symphony
HTLw-TP SDRs for other RF testing. a



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2017

The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
Technology Survey: Counter-UAS Systems
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - September 2017 - intro
JED - September 2017 - cover1
JED - September 2017 - cover2
JED - September 2017 - 3
JED - September 2017 - 4
JED - September 2017 - 5
JED - September 2017 - The View from Here
JED - September 2017 - 7
JED - September 2017 - Conferences Calendar
JED - September 2017 - 9
JED - September 2017 - Courses Calendar
JED - September 2017 - 11
JED - September 2017 - From the President
JED - September 2017 - 13
JED - September 2017 - 14
JED - September 2017 - The Monitor
JED - September 2017 - insert1
JED - September 2017 - insert2
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JED - September 2017 - 17
JED - September 2017 - Washington Report
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JED - September 2017 - World Report
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JED - September 2017 - Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
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JED - September 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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