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t he monitor news The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2011 USAF SEEKS NEW “COUNTER COMMS” CAPABILITY The US Air Force has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that solicits proposals for a “Counter Communications System” that can be demonstrated and rapidly fielded. The program, which is being managed by the Air Armament Center’s Capabilities Integration Directorate (Eglin AFB, FL), is focused on defeating a classified list of communications systems via non-kinetic means. In February, the Air Armament Center issued a Request for Information (RFI) describing concepts for a “Near-Term Counter-Communications Weapons System,” which it also referred to as a “Near-Term Communications Defeat System.” The RFI said its aim was to “identify mature, lowmedium risk, non-developmental, non-kinetic integration opportunities for potential near-term (less than 12 months) fielding solutions.” It said responses to the RFI would be used by AAC’s Capabilities Integration Directorate (AAC/XR) to perform studies and analyses of the “cost, schedule, technical risks and potential for demonstration and Quick Reaction Capability (QRC).” Technical descriptions were due by March 7; the Solicitation Number was AAC-XR-RFI-02242011. (This effort is not to be confused with the communications jamming pod in early development by the Air Force’s Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, for integration on the service’s MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle.) AAC then moved out quickly, issuing a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the proposed “Counter-Communications System (CCS)” in late March and holding an Industry Day jointly with AF/A5RE (EW Division, Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements) last month in Crystal City, VA. Bidders submitted their proposals during that event in the form of briefing charts and an oral presentation, to be followed by a cost proposal due two weeks later. Each company described its CCS concept and how it would be ready to conduct a system demonstration within 90 days of contract award. AAC planned to award multiple contracts, selecting the most promising solutions for the demonstrations. The BAA said the effort was “directed at demonstrating and advancing capabilities for defeating communications systems,” adding, “AAC desires a well-defined concept at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or greater.” The BAA also noted, “The goal is to have a follow-on Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) contract to field a CCS following the demonstration efforts.” Among the CCS concept evaluation criteria were the following: system concept of operations; airborne platform to be utilized, if any; concept’s ability to be persistent in defeating the target set; effectiveness on the target; ability to meet concealment requirements; concept’s technical maturity and system integration risks; and ability to be fielded within 12 months of QRC contract award. The Solicitation Number is BAA-PKES-11-0004A. The technical point of contact at AAC/XRS is Capt Jay Foil, (850) 882-4108, e-mail – G. Goodman 15 US NAVY UPGRADES ITS EP-3E SIGINT AIRCRAFT The US Navy approved low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the latest configuration – Spiral 3 – of its landbased EP-3E ARIES II signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft last month. L-3 Communications’ Platform Integration division (Waco, TX) is installing the new capability on three operational EP-3E aircraft. The LRIP go-ahead followed the successful completion of developmental testing using a Spiral 3-configured prototype aircraft. Operational testing is currently underway, which will lead to a full-rate production decision to modify the remaining 13 aircraft in the g Navy’s EP-3E inventory to the Spiral 3 ry configuration. Spiral 3 features an upgraded intellin gence, surveillance and reconnaissance d (ISR) mission avionics suite, which L-3 began designing ning in late 2007. The company any said Spiral 3 is installing “state-of-the-art communications intelligence (COMINT) equip- ment, replacing aging and obsolete sensors and increasing the aircraft’s networking capabilities. These modifications improve

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TWTs and Beyond: Putting More Power into EW
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