Horizon Technologies announced on May 9 that is would be supporting two major NATO end users by providing the company's FlyingFish Airborne Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) system. The contracts total more than £14 Million over the next few years, according to John Beckner, CEO. “These orders are significant because they include new fixed and rotary-wing platforms as well as new government end users. The units were ordered for immediate delivery and will be used as part of NATO and FRONTEX missions,” he said. The U.K.-based company offers exportable DO-160G airborne-qualified satellite phone SIGINT systems for a wide variety of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.
Data from mobile device signals such as GSM may be an untapped resource for signals intelligence on the battlefield. Although the payload of a communication system is encoded, information about the nature of the communication that is included in the GSM signal is not and should not be overlooked. This information, known as metadata, could prove to be an important tool for warfighters, experts say.
The U.S. Army is making multiple changes to the way it educates soldiers fighting in the cyber and electronic warfare domains. Rather than training soldiers on step-by-step processes, the service is educating personnel to come up with their own solutions on a technologically complex battlefield.
Black River Systems Co. Inc.,* Utica, New York, has been awarded a $9,312,874 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Software Defined Radio (SDR). This contract provides for further advancement of the Air Force Research Laboratory body of knowledge in the cyber domain through the research and development of innovative concepts and advancement in SDR state-of-the-art to sustain SIGINT related capabilities including real time collection, geolocation and signal exploitation. Work will be performed in Utica, New York, and is expected to be complete by May 9, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded a team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) a $9.4 million contract to develop a component of a novel geolocation system that will detect and locate communications and other high-frequency signals with unprecedented accuracy. The program, funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), will integrate a high-fidelity ionospheric model with a geolocation system for the first time to achieve this level of precision.
Innovative Signal Analysis, Richardson, Texas, has been awarded a $12,971,119 cost-plus-fixed fee completion contract for TACOMA software and hardware system. The contractor will develop and demonstrate enabling technologies and algorithms to improve upon a capability to automatically collect, process, characterize, identify and fingerprint priority signals of interest that may have advanced modulation and low-probability of intercept features. This effort will assist the Air Force in the enhancement of electronic intelligence collection and processing capabilities across multiple ISR sensing sources.
Zeta Associates Inc., Fairfax, Va., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee with a maximum value of $28,500,000 for the upgrade and production of Guardian Eagle X-Midas V3 systems and related services. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity.
Infoscitex Corporation, Waltham, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $46,900,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research and development for the Human Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Program. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
MacAulay-Brown Incorporated, Dayton, Ohio, is being awarded a $24,891,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to design, develop, and test innovation involving apertures, receivers, exciters, signal processing, and algorithms for signal intelligence, threat warning, direction finding, information operations, electronic attack, electronic support, and electronic protection applications. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.