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new class of compact, high power, wide
bandwidth millimeter wave VEDs capable of linear amplification. Devices
must be in a form factor compatible
with mobile and airborne platforms. The
program is scheduled to run 48 months
- an 18-month Phase 1 base period to be
followed by an 18-month option period
(Phase 2) and a 12-month final option
period (Phase 3). "The development effort will focus on the fully-integrated
VED amplifier itself; the power supply, radiating antenna, external waveguides, exciter/driver and any test and
measurement equipment should make
use of existing components to the extent possible."
Because of the aggressive schedule
and metrics, the proposal seeks novel
approaches to "the design and fabrication of the amplifier electron gun, beam
transport mechanism, beam-wave interaction structure, collector, vacuum windows, and thermal management."
After several years of focusing on
Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, DARPA has directed more attention on VEDs
this year. In addition to launching the
HAVOC program, it is also soliciting proposals for a program named Innovative
Vacuum Electronics Science and Technology (INVEST), which will advance
technologies for VEDs operating in millimeter-wave frequencies up to 75 GHz.
Proposals for the HAVOC program
are due November 6. The technical
point of contact is Dr. William D. Palmer, email DARPA-BAA-15-50@darpa.
mil. - JED Staff

IN BRIEF
Northrop Grumman Corp. (Falls
Church, VA) won the EMD contract to develop the Long Range Strike-Bomber for
the US Air Force, just before JED went
to press. Northrop was awarded the EMD
contract, worth an estimated $21.4 billion, after a tough competition against
a team of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
Most of the details about the program
remain classified. Although the bidders named all major subcontractors as
part of their proposals, the DOD has not
disclosed which companies are on the
Northrop Grumman team. It is believed
that Northrop Grumman's Land and SelfProtection Systems Division (Rolling

Meadows, IL) is providing most of the
aircraft's EW suite.

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BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) has won
a $10.9 million cost-plus fixed-fee contract from the Office of Naval Research
for science and technology research
concerning full-spectrum staring electronic support receiver (FSSR) with instantaneous direction finding (IDF). The
company will design, develop, integrate,
and demonstrate a FSSR with IDF that leverages emerging and highly innovative
electronic and photonic component technologies into an end-to-end electronic
warfare demonstration system. The program will run through October 2018.

a cost-plus-fixed-free contract for additional Multi-Function Active Sensor
(MFAS) radar functionality in order to
provide operations in environments
where the electromagnetic spectrum is
contested. These counter electronic attack (EA) features for the MFAS of the
MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance
aircraft, will ensure that the Triton
system can continue to identify, track,
and classify maritime targets in these
environments. As the sole designer and
developer of Triton, Northrop Grumman
will determine the feasibility of incorporating counter EA features, detail the
requirements for doing so, and conduct
a System Requirements Review for counter EA incorporation.

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Boeing (St. Louis, MO) has received
an $897.5M contract option from the US
Navy to manufacture 15 EA-18G aircraft
(Lot 38 full-rate production) and associated electronic attack kits. Final deliveries are scheduled for January 2018.

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Terma North America, Inc. (Warner
Robins, GA), has received a $9.2M solesource contract from the US Air Force
for the procurement of 240 F-16 Pylon
Integrated Dispensing System Univeral
(PIDSU) Flare-Up modification kits, 40
ALM-288 test adapters, and magazine
and breech plate spares. The Flare Up
kits correct a problem with the existing
PIDSU units on US Air National Guard
and US Air Force Reserve F-16s. The
PIDSU pylons are fitted under the wings
and fire their flares outboard. However,
some of the flare magazines cannot be
used because the flares risk striking
the outboard wing stations as they are
ejected. The Flare Up modification kits
point these particular magazines downward to prevent flare contact with the
wing-tip stations.

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The Naval Air Systems Command
(Patuxent River, MD) has announced
plans to award Northrop Grumman

Southwest Research Institute (San
Antonio, TX) has won a $9.4 million contract for phase 2 of the High Frequency
Geolocation (HFGeo) program managed
by the Intelligence Advanced Research
Projects Activity (IARPA). Under phase
1, the company developed SIGINT technologies that improve the ability to
accurately resolve multiple angles-ofarrival and polarization states through
novel antenna concepts; the ability to
enhance signal-to-noise ratio and signal detection through the use of multidimensional adaptive signal processing;
and the ability to accurately determine
the dynamic state of the ionosphere.
The phase 2 contract called for system
integration of these technologies, which
will be evaluated in a field test. Phase
3 calls for "real-time" implementation
and field testing. To date, Leidos (Reston, VA) and Systems Technology and
Research (Woburn, MA) have also won
HFGeo Phase 2 contracts.

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BAE Systems (Austin, TX) has been
awarded a contract from the US Air Force
for AN/ALM-288 Countermeasures Dispensers Testers. These testers are used
to verify the absence of stray voltage
and the operational status of AN/ALE40, AN/ALE-45 and AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing Systems (CMDS).
The contract is valued at $569,844. a



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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
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JED - November 2015 - The View From Here
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JED - November 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - November 2015 - Courses Calendar
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JED - November 2015 - From the President
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JED - November 2015 - The Monitor
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