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EPAWSS MOVES FORWARD WITH BAE

The Journal of Electronic Defense | November 2015

Boeing (St. Louis, MO) has chosen
BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) to develop
and manufacture the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) for the US Air Force's F-15C and
F-15E fighter aircraft. With the F-15 now
scheduled to remain in service through
2040, the next-generation, all-digital,
EW system is part of a multi-billion dollar program to develop a complete, integrated aircraft protection system for
the aircraft as well as provide it with
improved situational awareness.
EPAWSS will replace the F-15's current Tactical Electronic Warfare Suite
(TEWS) on F-15C and F-15E model aircraft. Originally developed in the 1970s
and upgraded several times since then,
TEWS is a federated EW system incorporating BAE Systems' (Nashua, NH) AN/
ALR-56C Radar Warning Receiver (RWR),
Northrop Grumman's (Rolling Meadows,
IL) AN/ALQ-135(V) radar jammer, and
BAE Systems' AN/ALE-45 chaff/flares
countermeasures dispenser.
Intended to address both advanced
RF and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR)
threats, the EPAWSS will be a multispectral system that provides wideband radar warning and RF jamming, as well as
increased chaff and flare protection. As
described by Brian Walters, Vice President and General Manager of Electronic
Combat Solutions at BAE Systems, "To
be able to operate in the future threat
environment, the F-15 is going to need a
new, highly-capable EW system. EPAWSS
really leverages a lot of the work we've
done over the last 15-20 years providing EW suites to the F-22, F-35 and,
recently, we were selected to provide
a digital EW system, the DEWS system,
for Boeing's Advanced F-15 program. As,
an all-digital system, [EPAWSS] leverages some very agile architectures and
allows us to adapt to changing threats.
Its processing capability, together with
the way we go about processing signals,

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means it's able to handle an incredible
level of threat density and be extremely
flexible in terms of dealing with modern
Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS)."
The US Air Force awarded Boeing, as
the platform integrator, a $171 million
contract for the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase
of EPAWSS. Boeing subsequently chose
BAE Systems to develop and produce the
system. As described by Evelyn Moore,
Boeing F-15 EPAWSS Program Manager,
"Although the total program is valued at
over $4 billion, the Air Force doesn't necessarily have $4 billion in funding for EPAWSS right now, so the program is broken
up into individual phases. We've received
a contract for the design phase, and BAE
is leveraging the DEWS system and pieces
from EW systems on other programs that
all come together in this TMRR design
phase for EPAWSS at Boeing."
The Air Force and Boeing began work
on EPAWSS with a small characterization
contract in which they conducted trade
studies on potential system performance,

installation and locations, removal of the
old system, the volumes in which the
new system would be installed, and other
considerations. A source selection for
the EPAWSS supplier was begun in 2014.
Says Moore, "We did multiple studies. We
started off with four bidders and we ran
through a vigorous competition process
at Boeing with oversight from the Air
Force and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)."
Although Boeing would not comment
on the other competitors, it has been
previously reported that Harris (Clifton,
NJ), Northrop Grumman (Rolling Meadows, IL) and Raytheon (El Segundo, CA)
had expressed interest in the program.
Mike Gibbons, Boeing Vice President F-15
Programs, says "it was an iterative downselect process, and definitely a very
competitive environment. Beyond the
four bidders, there were also a number of
other companies that were in discussions
early on to learn if their offerings might
be competitive. EPAWSS is a major component of the F-15's future out beyond



JED - November 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - November 2015

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Airborne Electronic Attack for A2AD
52nd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
2016 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - November 2015 - cover1
JED - November 2015 - cover2
JED - November 2015 - 3
JED - November 2015 - 4
JED - November 2015 - 5
JED - November 2015 - The View From Here
JED - November 2015 - 7
JED - November 2015 - Conferences Calendar
JED - November 2015 - 9
JED - November 2015 - Courses Calendar
JED - November 2015 - 11
JED - November 2015 - From the President
JED - November 2015 - 13
JED - November 2015 - 14
JED - November 2015 - The Monitor
JED - November 2015 - 16
JED - November 2015 - 17
JED - November 2015 - 18
JED - November 2015 - 19
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JED - November 2015 - World Report
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JED - November 2015 - Airborne Electronic Attack for A2AD
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JED - November 2015 - EW 101
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JED - November 2015 - AOC News
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JED - November 2015 - Index of Advertisers
JED - November 2015 - 85
JED - November 2015 - JED Quick Look
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