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NRL NOMAD FLIGHT VEHICLE COMPLETES USS CORONADO DEMONSTRATION

US ARMY PLANS INDUSTRY DAY FOR
DUAL-USE THREAT WARNING AND
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS SENSOR
PROGRAM
The US Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and
Engineering Center (CERDEC), Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate
(NVESD) has announced plans to hold an
Industry Day this month for its Digital

multi-launch/recovery technology had been trialed on a
US Navy ship.
First at-sea launches of NOMAD were performed from the
guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney during mid-2016.
During testing, the air vehicle achieved 30 minutes flight
time - twice the expected endurance - so allowing NOMAD
to keep up with the ship for more than 8 nautical miles,
including transit at 20 kt. Further launches and testing included examination of electromagnetic interference issues.
ONR's NEMESIS INP has set out to develop a 'system of
systems' that provides the ability to synchronize EW effects
across a variety of distributed platforms so as to create a
coherent and consistent EW response that confuses adversary surveillance and targeting systems. As well as the development of modular and reconfigurable EW payloads, the
programme also encompasses decoy and unmanned air and
surface platforms, and the implementation of EW functionality and decoys with autonomy, networking and countermeasures coordination techniques. - R. Scott

Dual-Use Sensor (DDUS) Program. Under
the DDUS effort, NVESD is seeking to develop a dual-band sensor that can provide helicopter crews with infrared (IR)
threat warning and aircrew situational
awareness in degraded visual environments (DVE).
The DDUS program will develop a
large-pixel-count prototype sensor that
will operate in the mid-wavelength infra-

red (MWIR) and long wavelength infrared (LWIR) regions. For the past several
years, NVESD has been funding technology research, such as dual-band focal
plane arrays and three dimensional digital readout integrated circuit (3D DROIC)
technology, which will support the DDUS
effort. The DDUS program will take the
next step and integrate these and other
technologies to develop a sensor that can

The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2017

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has revealed details
of new at-sea tests of its Netted Offboard Miniature Active
Decoy (NOMAD) flight vehicle. Tests performed from the
Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) in late August
demonstrated NOMAD's upgraded launch and control capabilities, as well as a new recovery capability.
Developed by NRL's Vehicle Research Section under the
sponsorship of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), NOMAD
is a low-cost rotary-wing mini-unmanned air vehicle (UAV)
forming part of the ONR's wider NEMESIS (Netted Emulation
of Multi-Element Signatures Against Integrated Sensors) Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) program.
Tube-launched for compact storage and quick reaction
deployment, the NOMAD vehicle deploys its flip-out rotor
system post-launch. The system is capable of flying either as
a single unit, or in a coordinated 'nest' of multiple decoys.
NOMAD's launching system originally supported singular,
non-pyrotechnic launches utilizing a CO2 ejection system
from the launch and storage tube; using CO2 ejection is a
safer alternative to pyrotechnic launching systems. NRL has
now developed a multi-launch capability, allowing multiple
NOMAD vehicles to be ejected in quick succession instead of
singularly while retaining the system's safe CO2 'soft launch'
ejection system design.
Furthermore, while NOMAD was originally designed to
allow for expendable operations, the vehicle now has a recovery feature that allows operators to retrieve and reuse
vehicles multiple times in support of development, testing,
training, and potentially future operational missions.
According to NRL, testing on Coronado saw multiple
vehicles launched in quick succession, conduct formation flying operations, and then recovered sequentially
on board. This marked the first time that the NOMAD

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
An Approach to UAV-Based ELINT
Combined EW and Cyber Event Illuminates Important Issues and Disconnects
Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
AOC EW Singapore 2018 Preview
Report from the 2017 AOC CEMA Conference
New Products
Recounting the History of the EW Working Group
EW 101
AOC 2017 Annual Award Winners
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - December 2017 - intro
JED - December 2017 - cover1
JED - December 2017 - cover2
JED - December 2017 - 3
JED - December 2017 - 4
JED - December 2017 - 5
JED - December 2017 - The View From Here
JED - December 2017 - 7
JED - December 2017 - Conferences Calendar
JED - December 2017 - 9
JED - December 2017 - Courses Calendar
JED - December 2017 - 11
JED - December 2017 - From the President
JED - December 2017 - 13
JED - December 2017 - 14
JED - December 2017 - insert1
JED - December 2017 - insert2
JED - December 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2017 - Washington Report
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JED - December 2017 - World Report
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JED - December 2017 - An Approach to UAV-Based ELINT
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JED - December 2017 - Combined EW and Cyber Event Illuminates Important Issues and Disconnects
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JED - December 2017 - Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
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JED - December 2017 - AOC EW Singapore 2018 Preview
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JED - December 2017 - Report from the 2017 AOC CEMA Conference
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JED - December 2017 - New Products
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JED - December 2017 - 76
JED - December 2017 - Recounting the History of the EW Working Group
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JED - December 2017 - 79
JED - December 2017 - 80
JED - December 2017 - EW 101
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JED - December 2017 - 83
JED - December 2017 - 84
JED - December 2017 - AOC 2017 Annual Award Winners
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JED - December 2017 - AOC News
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JED - December 2017 - Index of Advertisers
JED - December 2017 - JED Quick Look
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