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the monitor news An additional capability desired for JATAS is hostile-fire indication (HFI) of small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and other ground-fire threats. That technology has been matured via a separate parallel effort involving various DOD agencies. NAVAIR’s JATAS EMD contract award announcement gave some indication that ATK will be taking over stewardship of the HFI development work and making the technology part of its JATAS baseline design. The production phase of the JATAS program, valued at more than $1.1 billion, is scheduled to begin in FY2014. The lead platform for the JATAS is the Marine Corps’ MV-22 tiltThe Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2011 US NAVY AWARDS JATAS EMD CONTRACT Alliant Techsystems Defense Electronic Systems (Clearwater, FL) edged out Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (Orlando, FL) to win a $109.2 million Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) contract for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS), a next-generation missile warning system (MWS) for Navy and Marine Corps rotary-wing aircraft. The two companies had each completed a 16-month Technology Demonstration phase that began in September 2009. BAE Systems Electronic Solutions (Nashua, NH) is a key member of ATK’s team. The JATAS EMD contract includes options for low-rate initial production and full-rate production. JATAS is being designed to detect incoming infrared (IR)-guided missiles, particularly those launched by shoulder-fired, man-portable air defense systems, and to cue the aircraft’s expendable flare decoy dispenser or 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. JATAS will feature two-color imaging IR sensors, which offer faster and longer-range missile detection than the ultra-violet sensors used on the existing ATK AAR-47, Northrop Grumman AAR-54, and BAE Systems AAR-57 MWS. Under the Department of the Navy’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (DoN LAIRCM) Program, the US Navy and US Marine Corps have bought Northrop Grumman’s Next-Gen two-color IR based missile warner for their CH-53E, CH-46E and CH-53D helicopters. Israeli F-16I aircraft also are fitted with the PAWS-2 two-color IR missile warner from Elisra. 15 rotor aircraft. The system is also slated for installation on the Corps’ AH-1Z, UH-1Y and planned CH-53K helicopters and on the Navy’s MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. The JATAS program is managed by the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA-272) within the Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft Programs at NAVAIR (NAS Patuxent River, MD). – G. Goodman ARMY ISR AIRCRAFT PROGRAM RESTARTED Following the final dismissal of protests from the losing bidders by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on June 15, the Army the following day reinstated the contract it awarded last November to Boeing to develop the new manned aerial Enhanced Medium-Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System (EMARSS). EMARSS will comprise a suite of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors and communications equipment integrated on the King Air 350ER twin-turboprop business aircraft manufactured by Hawker Beechcraft (Wichita, KS). The system’s main

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The View From Here
Conference Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
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Defining a Career Path in EW
Technology Survey:SIGINT/DF Antennas
Book Review
EW 101
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JED - August 2011