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t he JATAS GEARS UP FOR NEXT PHASE US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) last month released a draft request for proposals (RFP) and a draft Statement of Work (SOW) for the planned engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of its Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS) acquisition program. JATAS is currently in the Technology Demonstration (TD) phase with two contractor teams, ATK (Clearwater, FL) with BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) competing against a team led by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (Orlando, FL). JATAS entered the TD phase in September 2009 with the award of a 16-month, $32.2 million contract to each team. The EMD phase is slated to begin in FY2011 with a single contractor team. The EMD contract will include options for low-rate initial production and fullrate production lots. JATAS is a next-generation missile warning system for Marine Corps, Navy (and potentially Army) rotary-wing aircraft. It would detect incoming infrared-guided missiles, particularly those launched by shoulder-fired, man-portable air defense systems, and would cue the aircraft’s expendable flare decoy dispenser or laserbased 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 imaging IR sensors, which offer faster and longerrange missile detection compared with the ultra-violet sensors used on the existing ATK AAR-47, Northrop Grumman AAR-54, and BAE Systems monitor news The Journal of Electronic Defense | November 2010 17 AAR-57 missile warning systems. The latest US system, in production for Air Force transports as well as the Marine Corps’ large CH-53E, CH-46E and CH-53D helicopters, is Northrop Grumman’s Next-Generation (NexGen) MWS. It uses two-color imaging IR sensors, which evaluate threat missiles in two separate frequency bands. JED reported in September that the Navy had decided to open up the competition for the JATAS EMD phase, allowing Northrop Grumman (Rolling Meadows, IL), or any other bidder, to re-enter the competition against ATK and Lockheed Martin. 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). The lead platform for the JATAS program is the US Marine Corps’ MV22 tilt-rotor aircraft. JATAS 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. An additional capability desired for JATAS is hostile-fire indication (HFI) of small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and other ground-fire threats, which currently is not part of the EMD baseline design. “It is, however, identified as an EMD technology option,” the JATAS SOW stated, “which is being developed and matured via a separate and distinct effort from the current TD Phase JATAS contract and this planned EMD Phase JATAS contract. PMA-272’s plan is to continue to mature this technology in a parallel effort, and if and when its recognized maturity level coincides that required for the corresponding phase of the baseline program, it would be reconsidered as a viable option to add to the baseline threshold compliant design.” – G. Goodman

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

JED - November 2010
Table of Contents
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Protecting Helicopters: Why ASE is About to Change the Game
The Rise... and Further Rise of FPGAs in EW
Physics of the Cyber-EMS Problem – Why We Have the Language Wrong
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - November 2010