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in September 2016 for the EMD, integration and test phase of the program. This
will be followed by a low rate initial production (LRIP) phase currently anticipated for August 2019. As Moore notes,
"EPAWSS is an Acquisition Category 1
program (a program over $2 billion), so
we go through an extensive acquisition
process and must pass through each of
the Air Force's milestone gates to proceed into the next phase." In the LRIP
phase, 24 F-15E model aircraft and 18
F-15C model aircraft will be modified.
The remaining aircraft will be upgraded
in the full-rate production phase with,
ultimately, over 400 F-15E and F-15C
model aircraft to be equipped with the
new system. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is targeted for 2021 for E-model
aircraft, and late 2022 for C-models.
In the EPAWSS Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) phase completed last year,
the Air Force and OSD made a number
of recommendations for the program going forward. Among these were a missile
warning system and a fiber-optic towed
decoy (FOTD), as well as advanced geolocation capabilities for the ESM system. In

order to expedite development and fielding of the most essential capabilities,
however, the Air Force decided to pursue
these capabilities under a follow-on "second increment" of the program. However,
as explained by Moore, "Although we will
have growth provisions in the system for
advanced geolocation and an FOTD, the
Air Force has since decided not to fund
the second increment at this point. There
are several threats that are of concern,
but we have to balance funding against
the requirements and the time frame,
and the most important item is to get the
capability out to the fleet as soon as possible. So the delay with the FOTD was basically because we didn't want to hold up
the entire program. We wanted to keep it
moving forward."
Should the Air Force decide to fund
the second increment in the future, Moore
says they'd anticipate a second contract
to start developing the requirements,
"but we wouldn't see that until FY2017."
Going forward, Gibbons says they're
always looking at how to link the EPAWSS EW upgrade with other ongoing
activities for the F-15 in terms of life

extension and other new capability
upgrades. "This is, of course, always
an Air Force decision, but as we look
at their interest in flying the aircraft
for decades through 2040 and beyond,
it's obvious that there will be other upgrades and life extensions. The aircraft
modifications alone mean that we will
want to look for possible synergies with
doing other things. With an IOC in 2021,
and mods ongoing through 2029, it just
makes sense that there will be other upgrades and life-extension components
that will be added." - J. Haystead

DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD RELEASES
UNCLASSIFIED EMS STUDY REPORT
The Defense Science Board (DSB) has
released an unclassified version of its
study "21st Century Military Operations
in a Complex Electromagnetic Environment." The Office of the Secretary of
Defense assigned the report to DSB in
2013, and it was completed last year and
published in classified form. The unclassified version, which is dated July
2015, was published on the DSB website
just last month.

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Conferences Calendar
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From the President
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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
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