electronic warfare

June 21, 2017
By George I. Seffers
A new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program seeks to converge radio frequency communications, electronic warfare and radar capabilities on compact unmanned aerial systems.

Over the next five years U.S. Defense Department researchers plan to build a prototypical system that will converge radar, communications and electronic warfare functions for a range of unmanned aerial systems, including the RQ-7 Shadow and the RQ-21 Blackjack. A do-it-all system will efficiently switch between intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; command and control; networking; and combat operations support missions without changing payloads.

May 23, 2017

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $13,139,976 cost-reimbursement (cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement-no-fee), indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering services in support of AN/ALQ-131 and AN/ALQ-184 electronic attack pods. Contractor will provide software test, software studies and analyses, software engineering, software support, test support, and system test and evaluation. Work will be performed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by May 16, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

May 1, 2017

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded a $14,259,233 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management System, along with technical data in support of the P-8A aircraft. This contract includes 38 ALQ-213 tactical threat displays for the Navy (27) and the governments of United Kingdom (3); and Australia (8), 38 ALQ-213 early warning management units for Navy (27); and governments of United Kingdom (3); and Australia (8), 39 OMNI blade antenna for Navy (29); and governments of United Kingdom (2); and Australia (8), 38 ALQ-213 tactical data unit for Navy (27); and governments of United Kingdom (3); and Austra

March 30, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $16,414,000 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-5363) to exercise options for full-rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6). SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system. SEWIP Block 2 will expand upon the receiver/antenna group necessary to keep capabilities current with the pace of the threat and to yield improved system integration.

March 20, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $98,484,000 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-5363) to exercise options for full-rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6). SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system. SEWIP Block 2 will expand upon the receiver/antenna group necessary to keep capabilities current with the pace of the threat and to yield improved system integration. Work will be performed in Liverpool, New York (23 percent); Lansdale, P

March 14, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Lt. Gen. Gary Thomas, USMC, deputy commandant for programs and resources, testifies before the  U.S. House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.

With a little more financial backing, the U.S. Marine Corps is primed to grow its force in three critical areas to meet the threats of the future: cyber, electronic warfare (EW) and intelligence.

The nation’s expeditionary service is creating what Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, USMC, has called a Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) information group—a critical component that encompasses those three key warfare domains, Lt. Gen. Gary Thomas, USMC, deputy commandant for Programs and Resources, told members of the U.S. House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.

March 8, 2017

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, New York, is being awarded $91,034,997 for modification P00010 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68936-14-D-0018). This modification provides for the design, development and implementation of the airborne electronic attack requirements for software configuration set upgrades to software and ancillary hardware in support of the EA-18G aircraft for the Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Pt.

March 8, 2017

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $10,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for high power electromagnetics (HPEM) and cyber electronic warfare (EW) applications. Contractor will provide study opportunities where HPEM technologies can be used to complement or enhance capabilities of the cyber and EW communities. This includes conduct experiments that enhance the understanding of how HPEM technologies can be used for cyber and EW missions. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by June 5, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with six offers received.

February 28, 2017
The U.S. Navy has awarded $678,679,386 to Boeing for the procurement of seven Lot 40 EA-18G aircraft and associated airborne electronic attack kits and five F/A-18E aircraft.

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $678,679,386 fixed-price, incentive-firm target contract for the procurement of seven Lot 40 EA-18G aircraft and associated airborne electronic attack kits and five F/A-18E aircraft. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (43 percent); St. Louis, Missouri (20 percent); Bethpage, New York (15 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (2 percent); Mesa, Arizona (1 percent); Torrance, California (1 percent); Ontario, Canada (1 percent); Greenlawn, New York (1 percent); Vandalia, Ohio (1 percent); Irvine, California (1 percent); Bloomington, Minnesota (1 percent); and various locations within the U.S.

February 17, 2017

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Laurel, Maryland, was awarded a $9,666,932 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract as a follow-on contract to a previously sole-source contract for the Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Tactical Proficiency Trainer (IEWTPT). The training system and tool set simulates and/or stimulates military intelligence warfighting equipment and tools to replicate the necessary environment required to provide proficiency and sustainment training for military intelligence personnel, battle staff, system operators, collectors and analysts. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received.

February 15, 2017

BAE Systems Information and Electronic System Integration Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, is being awarded $63,969,918 for undefinitized contract action delivery order 0001 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00104-16-G-0726) for the new manufacture of transmitter T-1687/ALE-70(V) countermeasures for the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA272) Air Expendable Countermeasures Program. Work will be performed in Nashua, New Hampshire, and work will be completed by December 2018.

January 27, 2017
Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $19,996,526 delivery order for the integration of advanced off-board electronic warfare into the MH-60R/S aircraft avionics operating program.

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is being awarded $19,996,526 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 4011 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for the integration of advanced off-board electronic warfare into the MH-60R/S aircraft avionics operating program. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,250,000 will be obligated at the time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

January 13, 2017

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Integration Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, has been awarded a $67,696,276 modification (P00010) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8540-16-C-0003 for radio frequency countermeasures system design, integration and testing. Work will be performed at Nashua, New Hampshire, and is expected to be complete by August 31, 2023. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $15,050,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

December 22, 2016

DRS Advanced ISR LLC, Beavercreek, Ohio, was awarded a $41,344,242 firm fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Jordan) with options for the Military Electronic Warfare System, Electronic Warfare Phase 2. One bid was solicited with one received. Work will be performed in Beavercreek, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of December 20, 2019. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $41,344,242 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-17-C-5004).

December 20, 2016
By Capt. Kenneth Parks, USN (Ret.)

There’s no disputing technology’s role in the rapidly changing face of modern warfare. The convergence of commercial services with military applications, such as delivery of real-time data from anywhere using various devices, has changed the physical nature and understanding of what constitutes a combat environment. The U.S. military seeks to define a strategic approach to these converged operations.

October 3, 2016

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $148,905,000 firm-fixed-price contract for full-rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6 and AN/SLQ-32A(V)6) and SEWIP AN/SLQ-32C(V)6 systems. SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system. SEWIP provides enhanced shipboard electronic warfare for early detection, analysis, threat warning and protection from anti-ship missiles.

October 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Soldiers of the U.S. Army Cyber Protection Brigade (CPB) conduct defensive cyberspace operations in August at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. Elements of U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) are participating in a training rotation as part of the ongoing ARCYBER-led Cyber Support to Corps and Below pilot program.

The U.S. Army aims to move sophisticated offensive and defensive cyber operations out of a headquarters environment to the front lines as it prepares its mission force to adapt to and prevail in the critical cyber warfighting domain.

October 1, 2016
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

New communications and information system technologies being designed and deployed for tactical use are doing more than simply changing the way warfighters communicate. They are helping to shape the very nature of operations with game-changing capabilities. This trend is likely to continue and even accelerate as new innovations in information technology move into the battlespace more quickly. 

September 7, 2016

Millennium Corp.,* Arlington, Virginia (W56KGY-16-D-0008); QED Systems LLC,* Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (W56KGY-16-D-0016); DHPC Technologies Inc.,* Woodbridge, New Jersey (W56KGY-16-D-0018); Exter Information Technology Services LLC,* Gaithersburg, Maryland (W56KGY-16-D-0019); Future Skys Inc.,* Neptune, New Jersey (W56KGY-16-D-0020); GS5 LLC,* Dumfries, Virginia (W56KGY-16-D-0021); Envision Innovative Solutions Inc.,* Manasquan, New Jersey (W56KGY-16-D-0022); Synergy ECP LLC,* Columbia, Maryland (W56KGY-16-D-0023); Vortechx Applied Technologies LLC,* Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey (W56KGY-16-D-0024); Nexagen Networks Inc.,* Marlboro, New Jersey (W56KGY-16-D0025); Sumaria Systems Inc.,* Danvers, Massachusetts (W56KGY-16-D-0027);

September 1, 2016
By Jim Loerch
The aircraft carrier USS George Washington and ships from the U.S. Navy, the Indian navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force participate in trilateral naval field training. Carrier strike groups may be increasingly vulnerable to antiship missile systems and could be better protected with the use of an integrated electronic warfare capability.

Integrated electronic warfare is the best and most efficient form of defense against the growing antiship missile threat that targets deployed U.S. carrier strike groups. Some experts may even argue that an integrated electronic warfare system of systems is the only capability that can protect the U.S. fleet from this threat.

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