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t he ARMY PROPHET NEARLY OPERATIONAL The US Army’s new wheeled vehiclemounted Prophet Enhanced signals-intelligence (SIGINT) system will achieve its First-Unit-Equipped milestone in “the very near future,” said an Army program official. LTC James Ross, Product Manager-Prophet under the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEWS) monitor news The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2010 at Ft. Monmouth, NJ, told JED, “Brigade combat teams that will deploy overseas this year are currently undergoing New Equipment Training with the 10 systems that have been delivered.” The Army awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems (Scottsdale, AZ) a six-year indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract for Prophet Enhanced in February 2009. The first vehicle rolled off the production line last December. US ARMY ISSUES CIRCM DRAFT RFP The US Army has released a draft request for proposals (RFP) for the Technology Demonstration (TD) phase of the Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) program. Under CIRCM, the Army wants to develop an inexpensive, lightweight, laser-based directed IR countermeasures system that can defeat current and future IR-guided missiles. CIRCM could be installed throughout the Army’s fleet of rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as Army special operations helicopters. It may also be installed on several types of Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force aircraft. The Army plans to award two cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts for the 21-month TD phase of the program. Each contractor will be required to deliver 12 CIRCM B-kits, (line replaceable units and weapons replaceable assemblies) within 10 months of contract award. The contractors will also deliver an A-kit (platform installation kit including wiring and antennas) for a UH-60. Weight is an important factor in the program. The Army wants each CIRCM B kit to weigh no more than 85 lbs and each A kit to weigh no more than 35-70 lbs (depending on the aircraft type). At least three teams are expected to bid for the CIRCM program. ITT Electronic Systems is teamed with Lockheed Martin Aculight. BAE Systems has reportedly teamed with Raytheon Missile Systems. Northrop Grumman has teamed with longtime DIRCM partner Selex Galileo. Army program officials are encouraging small business participation in the program via subcontracts with prime contractors. Program officials will host an industry day on or about May 21, and a final RFP is expected shortly afterward. The program point of contact is Ms. Eddie Whitfield, (256) 955-6299, e-mail The solicitation number is W58RGZ-10-R-0129 and can be accessed at www.fbo. gov. – J. Knowles Prophet is the service’s principal ground-based tactical communicationsintelligence (COMINT) sensor. It detects, identifies and locates enemy communications emitters on the battlefield, performing stationary and on-the-move direction-finding. Prophet provides force protection and intelligence support to brigade combat teams, armored cavalry regiments and battlefield surveillance brigades. The Army previously procured 126 up-armored Humvee-mounted Prophet Spiral 1 systems from L-3 Linkabit (San Diego, CA) in 2007. At the request of its intelligence user community at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, the Army curtailed further orders of Spiral 1 systems in the spring of 2008 in favor of buying new Prophet Enhanced systems offering greater flexibility to keep pace with evolving threats. A key design goal for Prophet Enhanced is an open-system architecture that can be readily upgraded by incorporating new software applications – instead of adding new hardware boxes to the vehicle – to keep pace with changing threat signals of interest. The first Prophet Enhanced vehicles being delivered are housed in the Army’s new blast-resistant Panther wheeled 6x6 Medium Mine-Resistant Vehicle (MMPV), a rapidly deployable command-and-control vehicle built by BAE Systems (York, PA). The Army considers the Panthermounted systems, 18 of which it has ordered, to be a Quick-Reaction Capability, Ross said. “We’re having ongoing discussions as to the final vehicle type for Prophet Enhanced,” he noted. “The Army desires that all of its Prophet Enhanced 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2010

JED - May 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
European EW
The Future for Airborne Expendables
Protecting Low-Cost and Non-Traditional Platforms
Technology Survey: Missile Warning Systems
New Products
EW 101
Book Review
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - May 2010