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the US ARMY SOLICITS INFORMATION ON SIGINT POD The US Army has issued a request for information (RFI) for a SIGINT pod that will be integrated onto its MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAVs. The Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) program, known as the Traveler Pod (T-Pod), was originally announced in a 2011 pre-solicitation notice (see JED, September 2011, p. 18) from Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL. Last month’s RFI provides more details about the planned acquisition. The Project Manager Airborne Reconnaissance and Exploitation Systems (PM ARES), which is part of the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, is conducting the market survey to identify companies that can deliver five T-Pods within four months of contract award. The T-Pod will provide emitter mapping and situational awareness to battlefield commanders. PM ARES is seeking T-Pod solutions with a Technology Readiness Level of 7 monitor news 14 The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2012 or higher. The size, weight and power requirement calls for a T-Pod that does not exceed 200 lbs, does not require more than 1,200 Watts and does not occupy more than 3 cubic feet. The T-Pod contractor will also provide a ground workstation that can control the SIGINT payload and display collected data. The Army is seeking delivery of five T-Pod systems by April 2012. The program point of contact is Mike Monticello, (443) 861-4751, e-mail michael. – J. Knowles SPAWAR SEEKS MAN-PACK COMINT SYSTEMS The US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has issued a group of market surveys that request information about various types of available communications intelligence (COMINT) systems. SPAWAR Systems Center-Atlantic (Charleston, SC) issued four RFIs for man-pack push-totalk (PTT) direction finding (DF) and geolocation systems, portable cellular geolocation and collection systems, unattended sensors networks and software-defined collection systems. The PTT DF and geolocation system RFI seeks information about man-pack, stand-alone COMINT systems that can detect, track, DF and geolocate VHF/UHF emitters. The system will be used by “far forward-deployed” forces (a team of six Marines) conducting concealed SIGINT/ EW missions. The threshold requirement is for a system that allows operators to create a signal search list of up to 25 signals (100 signals objective) and for the entire list within 30 seconds (10 seconds objective). SPAWAR is seeking solutions that do not exceed 105 lbs (70 lbs objective) and can perform the DF function independently or as part of a network. The RFI for “Portable Advanced Cellular Geolocation Systems” calls for SIGINT solutions that will enable deployed forces to detect, collect, exploit and geolocate “advanced 4th-generation signals.” The objective requirement is for an ethernet-controlled system that is powered by 12-28 VDC. The desired configuration is 8.5 x 7.25 x 2.75 inches. The “Advanced Software-Defined Collection System” RFI also calls for a portable advanced cellular collection system that can detect, collect, exploit and geolocate “advanced signals across the entire RF spectrum to support deployed forces.” Under this RFI, SPAWAR is seeking “a field programmable software designed product solution only that may go in a small container, palletized skid plate, or other form factor.” The SIGINT solution may be man-packable or “small team transportable.” The point of contact for these three RFIs is Paula Somers, email The Unattended Sensor Network RFI calls for a system of four unattended sensors that can collect and geolocate signals from 30 MHz to 3 GHz and communicate back to a central operator node

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
US IRCM Market Forecast
USMC Moves Out on Air-Land EW
Book Review
EW 101
AOC News
Views from the AOC Convention
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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