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downselect to a single EMD contractor, which is the focus
of this latest contract award. Because the CIRCM is slated
for installation on most of the DOD's helicopter types, the
CIRCM EMD contractor will gain a powerful position in the
DIRCM market.
After filing a protest with the GAO over the CIRCM award
decision, BAE Systems said in a statement, "We value our longstanding U.S. Army partnership and were disappointed to learn
that we were unsuccessful in securing the CIRCM EMD development contract, as we believe that our proposal was the most
technologically sound and cost-effective offering. Following a
careful review of the debrief received from the Army customer,
we have identified some inconsistencies and have filed a ensure a full and timely review of the award decision."
As a result of the protest, Northrop Grumman received an immediate stop-work order from the Army on September 9. The
GAO typically takes 100 days to review the contract decision
and rule on a protest.
The basic contract award, without options, is for 21 CIRCM shipsets with the current schedule calling for Northrop
Grumman to deliver their first six shipsets six months After
Receipt of Order (ARO), and the balance between months
seven and fourteen. Contract completion is scheduled for
October 28, 2017, but the protest process and work stoppage is likely to impact this schedule. Says Palombo, "We're
looking forward to getting through this protest period and
on contract. What we've learned is that the Army is very
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and we're going to continue to be spring loaded here to meet
those demands and go at as fast a pace as the Army wants."
- J. Haystead

The Air Force Research Lab's Sensors Directorate (WrightPatterson AFB, OH) has announced plans to solicit proposals
for a research and development effort that will use an airborne bi-static radar approach (possibly coupled with airborne
electronic support measures) to perform passive air-to-ground
combat identification. The program, known as Passive RF Identification Environment (PRIDE), will use radar signals transmitted from another, friendly aircraft to perform combat ID
automatic target recognition (ATR).
The AFRL presolicitation notice described the program as
follows: "PRIDE will contribute to the collection and processing of bi-static radar signals, addressing efficiency and
sustainability issues associated with the development, operation and maintenance of bi-static RF ATR technology. Since
sustainability of target templates is a problem for monostatic RF ATR, it will become an even larger problem if this
same template approach is used for bi-static RF ATR because
the target response has to be characterized by two angles
(transmit and receive). This leads to an N2 number of templates compared to N for mono-static, which has a response
characterized by one angle. Thus, PRIDE will have to be innovative in the technology used in order to be sustainable.
PRIDE must consider alternatives to the traditional monostatic RF ATR template approach."
The PRIDE effort is being managed by the Sensors Plans
and Advanced Programs Division (AFRL/RYZ) and will be organized into three phases, according to the pre-solicitation
notice. Phase 1 (15 months) consists of understanding bi-static
phenomenology so that algorithm development and top-level
design of the system technology will accomplish the program
objectives. AFRL will provide collected bi-static radar data to
contractors, as well as ESM data. This phase will conclude with
a Preliminary Design Review and a final report.
Phase 2 is a 27-month optional effort under which a select
number of Phase 1 contractors will pursue further algorithm
and technology development that focuses on signal processing and hardware. This phase will include a lab demonstration
showing Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5 hardware and
software. Phase 2 will wrap up with a Critical Design Review.
Phase 3 is another optional effort that will see down-selection to one contractor. Under this 27-month phase, technology developed during the previous phase of the program will
transition to a prototype to be demonstrated in a flight test on
an "operationally relevant platform" and demonstrate TRL 6.
As described above, AFRL anticipates awarding multiple
Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee contracts for the PRIDE program. The total
budget for the 63-month effort is $35 million. The PRIDE solicitation (BAA-AFRL-RQKS-2016-0001) is expected in the next
few months. Contract awards will be announced in March 2016.
The program point of contact is Lt Daniel M. Roberson (AFRL/
RYZT), (937) 528-8088, e-mail -
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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Going Small: Jamming the Mini-Drones
EW Simulation and Testing: Keeping Up With the Threat
Technology Survey: EW and SIGINT Antennas
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - October 2015 - The View From Here
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JED - October 2015 - Going Small: Jamming the Mini-Drones
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JED - October 2015 - EW Simulation and Testing: Keeping Up With the Threat
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