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t he USAF UAV-BORNE COMMS JAMMER MOVING FORWARD The US Air Force’s Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, was preparing to award up to four 18-month Technology Development risk-reduction contracts by the end of July for the service’s planned Communications Electronic Attack (EA) Pod program, newly dubbed DEACON (Disruptive EA of Communication Networks). The external jamming pod is slated to be mounted on Air Force MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) built by General Atomics. The EA pod is intended to provide the Air Force an advanced airborne communications jamming capability for irregular warfare scenarios, such as those experienced by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The pod would disrupt communication networks used by insurgents and prevent the detonation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Air Force’s workhorse EC-130H Compass Call stand-off communications-jamming aircraft has logged countless flight hours in recent years carrying out such missions in support of Army and Marine ground forces instead of its primary purpose of jamming integrated air defense system (IADS) command-and-control networks to disrupt enemy coordination. BAE Systems, ITT, Raytheon and Boeing’s Argon ST received small Technology Maturity study contracts last November that were a precursor to the forthcoming Technology Development (TD) contracts. The goal of the TD phase will be to mature critical EA pod technologies to a Technology Readiness Level of 6-plus in a flyable form factor by the middle of 2012, with flight demonstrations by late 2012. This would allow the EA pod program to transition directly into an monitor news Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase in 2013. The 18-month TD contracts will encompass three phases: prototype concept design (basic contract-Objective A); an option for ground/laboratory demonstrations (Objective B); and a subsequent option for flight demonstrations (Objective C). The initial contracts will be worth up to $1.75 million each. ASC plans to select up to three of the four Objective A contractors to receive the Objective B option and up to three of those to receive the Objective C option, with the combined value of the two options to each company not to exceed $7 million. Each contractor will provide an initial integrated assessment of cost, schedule and technical program risks associated with the concept design and a mitigation strategy for each risk. Specific technology areas to be addressed include receivers, antenna arrays, radomes, beam formers, exciters, power amplifiers and data links, as well as related considerations such as prime power, volume, weight, cooling and packaging. Under Objective B, the contractors will provide ground demonstrations of the risk miti- gation for all medium/high-risk or critical components and subsystems. Each Objective C contractor will demonstrate a flight-worthy prototype EA pod system that uses components representative of a follow-on EMD configuration. The Broad Agency Announcement solicitation number is ASC-XRBAA-08-01-02. The contracting point of contact at ASC is Frederick Rueth, (937) 255-7995, e-mail frederick.rueth@ – G. Goodman 15 UPGRADED HARM AIMS FOR FULL PRODUCTION The US Navy’s AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) program was expected to begin Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) flight testing following an extensive Pentagon US ARMY READY TO DEVELOP UAV SIGINT PAYLOAD The US Army’s Program Manager for Aerial Common Sensors (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD) planned to release the request for proposals (RFP) on May 23 for Engineering and Manufacturing Development of a Tactical Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Payload (TSP) for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Responses were due on June 23. The Army anticipates selecting a single TSP contractor in late September. The leading industry contenders are expected to be BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) and Northrop Grumman ESL (Sacramento, CA). TSP will be a pod-mounted system to be initially integrated and tested on an RC-12D Guardrail aircraft and then fielded on the Army’s new MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAV, an enlarged Predator derivative built by General Atomics. The Solicitation Number is W15P7T-11-R-S801; the point of contact is Brian Bosmans, (443) 8614743, e-mail – G. Goodman

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2011

JED - June 2011
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
The World’s SIGINT Aircraf
Upgrading Fighter Aircraft
Country Profi le: France’s EW Programs
Technology Survey: Airborne Dispensers and IR Expendables
EW 101
2011 AOC Election Guide
AOC Membership Page
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - June 2011