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t he CIRCM RFP ANTICIPATED As this issue was going to press, industry teams were waiting for the US Army to release a final request for proposals (RFP) for the 21-month Technology Demonstration phase of the Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM or “ker-kum’) program. CIRCM is intended to be a relatively inexpensive, laser-based directed IRCM system that can defeat current and future IR-guided missiles and is light enough to allow installation on Army and Navy/Marine Corps light-to-medium-weight helicopters, particularly AH-64 Apaches, UH-60 Black Hawks, SH-60 Seahawks and AH-1W Super Cobras. The Army plans to award two cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts for the Technology Demonstration phase. Industry teams expected to bid on CIRCM include BAE Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems, ITT Electronic Systems with Lockheed Martin Aculight, and Northrop Grumman with Selex Galileo. 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 monitor news The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2010 a UH-60 h li helicopter. Weight is a critical i h i i i l 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). On 23 September, the Army issued a curious amendment to the CIRCM Draft RFP that stated, “Due to administrative reasons, the Draft RFP due date of September 10 [for industry inputs] has been changed to December 15. However, the actual due date for proposal submissions will be provided in the Final RFP. This solicitation remains in draft f i d f form and no proposals are red l quested at this time.” It remained unclear if this meant that the Final RFP would not be released until at least December 15. A JED query to the Army’s Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors had not been answered by press time. The program point of contact is Ms. Eddie Whitfield, (256) 955-6299, email The solicitation number is W58RGZ10-R-0129 and can be accessed at – G. Goodman and J. Knowles 17 USAF ISR TURBOPROPS FULLY FIELDED The US Air Force accepted its 37th and final Project Liberty MC-12W intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft on Aug. 31 from L-3 Mission Integration (Greenville, TX). The unarmed, fixed-wing MC-12W is a modified version of the popular small King Air twin-engine turboprop business aircraft built by Hawker Beechcraft and subsequently fitted by L-3 with two onboard ISR sensors, two sensor operator/ analyst workstations and communications equipment. The two sensors are a communications-intelligence (COMINT) payload and a down-looking, rotating ball turret with electro-optical and infrared full-motion video cameras. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, impressed by the Army’s successful use of limited numbers of the low-cost King Air turboprops in Iraq in 2006-2007 under Quick-Reaction Capability (QRC) programs, pressed the Air Force to launch a similar effort on an accelerated basis to provide additional overhead intelligence support for US troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a result, last year the Air Force began fielding the first of the Liberty aircraft in that overseas theater. To expedite fielding, the first seven MC-12Ws to be modified were pre-owned King Air 350s; the remaining 30 were new (extended-range, heavier payload) King Air 350ERs. L-3 modified and delivered the entire fleet of 37 MC-12Ws in less than 24 months after its initial

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

JED - October 2010
The View From Here
From the Presidents
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
What’s Next in IED Jammers?
Electronic Warfare in Today’s Surface Navy
ELINT Receivers Tackle Dense Signal Environments
A Structural View of EM Spectrum Warfare
AOC News
Book Review
EW 101
Roost Profiles
AOC 2010 Award Winners
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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