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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Tactical Technology Office
(DARPA/TTO) has issued a solicitation
for the Mobile Force Protection (MFP)
program aimed at development and
demonstration of an integrated defensive system prototype for ground or naval convoys capable of defeating a raid
of self-guided, small unmanned aircraft
systems (sUAS) and other asymmetric
threats attacking a high value asset on
the move. The program considers sUAS
to be fixed- or rotary-wing air vehicles
of less than approximately 200 lb.
The MFP is seen as including "distributed and/or elevated sensors and
effectors networked to form a fused air
surveillance picture, and organically
controlled for fast decisive action." The
US Army's Maneuver Aviation and Fires
Integration Application (MAFIA) will
serve as the backbone operating system
to enable a system plug-and-play environment capable of integrating new
sensors and emerging technologies.
With a "focus on mobility, affordability, and automation that can be
fielded as soon as possible," the program will be conducted in three phases, with heavy emphasis on open-air
demonstration events starting with
an initial functionality demonstration
at the end of Phase 1 and culminating
in full capability demonstration on a
moving vehicle or vessel by the end of
Phase 3. The planned date for the final
demonstration is 2QFY22.
DARPA is currently only soliciting
proposals for Phase 1 (12 months) and
for a subsequent optional field evaluation, as well as rough order of magnitude
(ROM) proposals for Phase 2 (18 months)
and Phase 3 (22 months). Phase 1 will

include a demonstration System Design Review (SDR) focusing only on the
first-phase system. It will also include a
Technology Maturation Plan review and
a Phase 3 Concept Design Review (CDR)
of the full Phase 3 system.
Solutions are expected to include
a "flexible framework able to leverage existing systems and matured
technologies, as well as integrate new

development of applications that can
be used to integrate both sense-andact subsystems, and that will provide
new advanced capabilities in: fusing
sensor data from asynchronous singleto-multiple sources; advanced target
recognition; multi-target tracking; resource prioritization; decision aids and
optional implementation of automated
response; and user interfaces.

The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2016

DARPA SEEKS SYSTEM FOR PROTECTION AGAINST SMALL UASs

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technologies." System affordability
and adaptability to host platforms
(ground and maritime) will be emphasized as well as "low size, weight,
and power (SWaP) and manning solutions as well as low-collateral-damage
techniques." Component technology
Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 4 or
higher is desired. Specifically excluded from consideration are solutions
that include the use of high-power
directed energy (DE) systems or highcaliber guns with uncontrolled projectile trajectories.
DARPA envisions that a large majority of the effort will involve the

Multiple "other transaction (OT)"
awards are expected with total award
funding up to $9.6 million for Phase 1,
up to $23.5 million for Phase 2, and up
to $30 million for Phase 3. DARPA plans
to invest approximately $3 million for
each Phase 1 performer and currently
anticipates maintaining at least two
performers in Phase 2 and a single performer for Phase 3.
The proposal due date is: January
12, 2017. The solicitation number is:
DARPA-PS-17-01. The point of contact is:
Contracts Management Office/D. Peter
Donaghue. E-mail: desmond.donaghue@
darpa.mil. - J. Haystead



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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview: Col Jeffrey N. Aldridge, USAF
Interview: US Rep. Joe Pitts
The Future of Airborne Electronic Attack
Regaining the Advantage – Cognitive Electronic Warfare
Technology Survey: Flightline and Portable EW Simulators
AOC EW Singapore Preview
New Products
Report from the 2016 EW GCC Conference
Crows in the Community
The Heat is On
EW 101
Report from the 2016 AOC CEMA Conference
2016 AOC Award Winners
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - December 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - December 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - December 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - December 2016 - From the President
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JED - December 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2016 - Interview: Col Jeffrey N. Aldridge, USAF
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JED - December 2016 - Interview: US Rep. Joe Pitts
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JED - December 2016 - The Future of Airborne Electronic Attack
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JED - December 2016 - AOC EW Singapore Preview
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JED - December 2016 - New Products
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JED - December 2016 - Report from the 2016 EW GCC Conference
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JED - December 2016 - Crows in the Community
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JED - December 2016 - The Heat is On
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JED - December 2016 - EW 101
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JED - December 2016 - Report from the 2016 AOC CEMA Conference
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JED - December 2016 - 2016 AOC Award Winners
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JED - December 2016 - AOC News
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JED - December 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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