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the US NAVY RELEASES RFP FOR NEW MISSILE WARNER Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) released the final request for proposals (RFP) January 13 for the development of the Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS), a new missile warning system for Marine Corps and Navy rotary-wing aircraft. Industry bids are due March 12. NAVAIR anticipates awarding a 16-month Technology Development contract to each of two companies August 31 for JATAS requirements analysis, preliminary design and delivery of three prototypes for testing slated to occur 11 months after the contract award. NAVAIR subsequently plans to select a single company for an Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase in FY2011. The lead platform for JATAS is the Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. JATAS is expected to use either one- or two-color imaging infrared (IR) sensors instead of the ultraviolet sensors used on the existing AAR-47, AAR-54 and AAR-57 missile warning systems. JATAS would detect incoming IR-guided missiles, particularly those launched by shoulder-fired, man-portable air defense systems, and cue the aircraft’s flare decoy dispenser and/or monitor news laser-based directed IR countermeasures (DIRCM) system to defeat the attacking missiles. JATAS also would provide warning of enemy laser range finders, illuminators and beam riders. An additional capability for hostile-fire indication (HFI) of small arms and rocket-propelled grenades is not currently part of the JATAS baseline. However, the JATAS Technology Development contracts will include tasking to try to mature the HFI capability to a Technology Readiness Level 6 for subsequent insertion into the JATAS baseline. (Four companies – Alliant Techsystems, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman – conducted live-fire tests of HFI processor prototypes for the Naval Research Lab last fall.) Another potential JATAS capability upgrade calls for improving situational awareness in visually degraded environments. BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) told reporters January 19 that it had made significant progress recently in developing hostile-fire indication (HFI) technology that would protect lowflying military helicopters. Most helicopters have missile-warning and IR countermeasures systems, but they are vulnerable to small-arms fire, which is difficult to detect. BAE Systems said its HFI prototype combines noise reduction, acoustic data and location algorithms to alert the air crew of hostile fire and the direction from which it is coming on a cockpit display so the helicopter can take evasive maneuvers. Program manager Bill Ashe said BAE’s HFI system had measured acoustic data with its microphones and detected multiple-caliber small-arms fire from different locations with 100 percent accuracy during a dozen live-fire tests. The acoustic sensor tests were funded by BAE and were separate from the NRL contract. Ashe said BAE’s HFI sensor is not designed to be a standalone system but to be integrated with other aircraft survivability equipment as part of a “blended” solution. The JATAS program is managed by the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA272) within the Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft Programs at NAVAIR (NAS Patuxent River, MD). The RFP is posted on the NAVAIR website (www.navair.navy.mil) under “Doing Business with Us” and “Open Solicitations.” The JATAS solicitation number is N00019-08-R-0043; the NAVAIR point of contact is Tanis Meldrum at (301) 757-7079, e-mail tanis.meldrum@navy. mil. – G. Goodman The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2009 15 USMC HELICOPTERS OUTFITTED WITH DIRCM The CH-53D helicopter is slated to become the third US Marine Corps rotary-wing aircraft that will be equipped with Northrop Grumman’s laser-based Directional IRCM (DIRCM) system for protection against shoulder-launched IR-guided missiles. Early last month, NAVAIR awarded a contract to the company’s Defensive Systems Division (Rolling Meadows, IL) for DIRCM integration design, trial installation and flight tests leading to a production program enabling the CH53D fleet to be outfitted with the system. NAVAIR awarded Northrop Grumman similar contracts last June for the Marine Corps’ CH-53E and CH-46E helicopters. The company received a production contract in October for CH-53E DIRCM kits, which were delivered beginning in November. The first CH-53Es outfitted with the DIRCM system (installed by the Marines)
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The View From Here
Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Charting the Course of Indian EW
What's Next in Data Recorders?
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
2009 AOC Industry and Institute/University Member Guide
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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