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39D(V)2 Engineering Change Proposal
(ECP) all-digital upgrade path that the
Navy had been following with Northrop
Grumman. Among the potential benefits of the new system are increased
integration capabilities such as sensor
fusion, specific emitter identification,
connection to warfighter information
networks, as well as room for growth to
accommodate additional functionality,
including the possibility of RF countermeasure capabilities.
According to Captain Schuessler, the
AN/APR-39D(V)2 is now moving through
its acquisition efforts for an FY19 IOC.
"This is a multi-Service acquisition effort which includes the Departments
of Navy and Army, with the Army procuring higher quantities. Currently the
program is in developmental testing
as both Services use their T&E teams
to evaluate performance. The AN/APR39D(V)2 recently completed a successful
second round of flight testing on the
AH-64. The program office is planning
a 2QFY17 production decision to support
DoN and Army platform fielding."

ATDS FOR THE FUTURE
In June of this year, the Army released an RFI for a new Advanced Threat
Detection System (ATDS) to provide a
next-generation missile warning, HFI
and laser warning capability for its fleet
of both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.
According to the RFI, the capability has
a planned First Unit Equipped (FUE) date
of FY2023. Among the system architecture requirements, the RFI calls for an
"ability to integrate the proposed solution with the existing ASE suite, as well
as into the aircraft. The objective is to integrate ASE (APR-39D(V)2, AVR-2B, ATDS,
CIRCM, countermeasures dispensers) and
provide a single interface to both legacy
and future platforms; provide a coordinated situational picture of the threat to

the commanders and crew; and manage
the entire ASE suite." The RFI also states
that the system must "meet a gross B-kit
weight of no more than 45 lb (MW and HF
only - excludes LW)."
Says BAE Systems' Sweeney, "The RFI
basically says, 'provide us mature technologies (TRL-6) that can be brought to
bear on the threat-warning problem and
asks what do you have to offer in terms
of capabilities within the timeline we're
looking at?' BAE has responded to the
RFI. We've spent a lot of focus over the
last years really looking at the threat
space, and we're investing significant
IR&D funding now and in the future
on the capability in order to be able to
bring the best technology forward for
the rapidly-advancing threat."
Northrop Grumman (Rolling Meadows, IL) is also responding to the RFI,
offering what Smith describes as "an
innovative ATDS hardware and software
solution that represents a USG-validated
overmatch for today's threats and an
open system architecture that ensures
that it will continue to outpace new
threats quickly and affordably."
Orbital ATK's Terry Thames, says
they're also interested in pursuing the
effort and are "looking at it to see if
there is an advantage that one of our
technologies can bring to bear to support the work."

NEXT GENERATION IASE
The ultimate target of rotorcraft ASE
is a fully-integrated, fully-capable single-system solution that can handle all
of the multitude of threats, both existing and emerging. But, given the wide
mix and ages of platforms, and the existing installed base of equipment addressing multiple threat types, achieving
truly integrated ASE (IASE) is an elu-

sive and challenging task. In addition,
the demands of continually advancing
technology are driving the need for even
greater levels of platform-wide system
integration, involving not only multiASE sensor integration and suite control, but integration with other aircraft
electronics and communication systems.
For the Navy, Captain Schuessler
says the IASE concept is maturing
slowly. "The program office continues
to work with resource sponsors and
other entities to explore improvements
to existing capabilities, as well as the
introduction of new technologies, in
an effort to present affordable solutions. The affordability of maturing the
concepts and the potential solution(s),
in the current fiscal environment, has
been pacing our progress."
Captain Schuessler says the Navy's
current assessment is that, for legacy
platforms, IASE will be an incremental
(i.e., evolutionary vs. revolutionary)
approach. "For example, with legacy
ASE (AAR-47, ALE-47 and APR-39) systems, we could improve detection-andresponse as well as aircrew situational
awareness by having these currently
federated systems share information.
The sharing of the currently available
information from these federated systems would result in a more survivable
response, better situational awareness
and reduce the aircrew workload. These
efforts could be introduced through incremental upgrades to existing software
and/or through more aggressive introduction of both software and hardware
improvements. The bottom line is solutions pursued and capability improvements gained will be determined by
what is deemed affordable."
One question that has been posed
relative to IASE is where to best locate
the system's processing. For example,
as it currently stands, options include
the CMWS Gen 3 ECU, the APR-39D(V)2,
or the aircraft's mission computer. Says
Captain Schuessler, "We're in the beginning stages of coordinating with NAVAIR
Program Offices, DoD and other services
to determine the most advantageous
methods and processes to synchronize
all efforts regarding IASE. Using the
Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standard as a means to



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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
US Helicopter EW Programs
53rd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
Conference Report
Threat Monitor
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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