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monitor
news

aRMY To coNVeRT QRc aIRS SYSTeMS To eMaRSS

DaRPa ISSueS STRaTegIc
TechNologIeS baa
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released a new
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
that focuses on development of Strategic Technologies, including electronic
warfare (EW), communications and net-

The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2014

The US Army Contracting Command,
ACC-RSA - (Aviation) is seeking sources
on behalf of the Aviation and Missile
Command (AMCOM), (Redstone Arsenal, AL) to convert its Quick Reaction
Capability (QRC) Airborne Intelligence
Surveillance & Reconnaissance (AISR)
systems (including Constant Hawk Afghanistan, Tactical Operations/Light
Detection and Ranging, and Liberty
Project Aircraft) into Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance & Surveillance Systems (EMARSS).
EMARSS provides a persistent, rapid and highly-accurate capability to
detect, locate, classify/identify, and
track surface targets in day/night and
near-all-weather conditions. The AISR
QRC systems are highly modified,
Government-furnished
Beechcraft
KingAir 300 commercial derivative
aircraft. The EMARSS conversion
will require further modifications
including: updated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE); on-board
multi-intelligence mission capability
(electro-optical/infrared, communications intelligence, geospatial intelligence, light detection and ranging);
sensor "simultaneity" within limited Size, Weight and Power-Cooling
(SWaP-C) allowances; reconfigurable
sensors to allow for interchangeable
intelligence sensor suites; and wideband digital data links (line of sight
and beyond line of sight). The requirement will also include net-ready

The EMARSS Risk Reduction Prototype made its first flight in 2012. (US Army, PEO IEW&S)

capability using the Operational Intelligence Ground Station, software and
workstations for all control, processing and exploitation; and interoperability with the Distributed Common
Ground System - Army (DCGS-A) and
the Army enterprise network.
AMCOM expects to convert up to 14
QRC AISR systems to meet the threshold requirements for the EMARSS program of record. The conversions will
include "significant communications
and network changes, leveraging
previous investments in QRC sensors
developed to support Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)."
Delivery of the initial Liberty Project Aircraft conversion is required
within 12 months of contract award,

working, and positioning, navigation
and timing (PNT).
DARPA's Strategic Technology Office
is seeking "ideas and disruptive technologies" that offer capability improvement across several focus areas related
to the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).
In the EW area, DARPA notes, "The pro-

to be followed by a government operational test event. The remaining
aircraft conversions are planned during the FY15-FY18 timeframe. Offerors will need to demonstrate the
production capacity to conduct (4)
conversions simultaneously and the
remaining conversions in a non-consecutive manner to support operational requirements. The Government does
not currently possess a technical data
package for the QRC systems as they
were developed under three separate
QRC efforts and not intended for longterm retention.
The solicitation number is: W58RGZ14R0264. The point of contact is
Matt Copeland, (256) 842-9812. -
J. Haystead

liferation of highly capable RF technology has created a new emphasis on
positive control of the electromagnetic
(EM) spectrum. Many adversaries are
increasing their reliance on RF sensing
and communications in order to provide significant improvements to their
offensive and defensive systems. This

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Maneuver Warfare in the Electromagnetic Battlespace
The Race to Keep Pace: Countermeasures Against Radar-Guided Anti-Ship Missiles
CONVERGING INTERESTS - Is CEMA the Right Solution for the US Army’s EMS Mission?
Technology Survey: Anti-Jam GPS Receivers and Antennas
New Products
Book Reviews
EW 101
AOC 2014 Award Winners
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - October 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - October 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - October 2014 - Courses Calendar
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JED - October 2014 - From the President
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JED - October 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - October 2014 - World Report
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JED - October 2014 - Maneuver Warfare in the Electromagnetic Battlespace
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JED - October 2014 - CONVERGING INTERESTS - Is CEMA the Right Solution for the US Army’s EMS Mission?
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JED - October 2014 - Technology Survey: Anti-Jam GPS Receivers and Antennas
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JED - October 2014 - New Products
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JED - October 2014 - Book Reviews
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JED - October 2014 - EW 101
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JED - October 2014 - AOC 2014 Award Winners
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JED - October 2014 - AOC News
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JED - October 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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