BAE Expands Work on Electronic Warfare Tech for DARPA

BAE Systems is creating the electronic warfare suite for the F-35 Lightning II. Photo: BAE Systems.BAE Systems is creating the electronic warfare suite for the F-35 Lightning II. Photo: BAE Systems.

BAE Systems announced today it is expanding its work on Cognitive Electronic Warfare Development for the Pentagon’s research agency.

BAE’s Adaptive Radar Countermeasure, or ARC, project is being developed to help airborne electronic warfare systems counter new, unknown and adaptive radars in real time.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has awarded BAE Systems a $13.3 million contract modification to extend its work on the the ARC project, according to a BAE press release.

“Current electronic warfare systems are limited in their ability to quickly adapt to new and advanced threats because they rely on a database of known threats with predefined countermeasures,” according to the release.

To ensure mission success in future anti-access/area denial environments, electronic warfare systems will need to isolate unknown hostile radar signals in dense electromagnetic environments, and then rapidly generate effective electronic countermeasures, BAE officials maintain.

The cognitive electronic warfare technologies developed for the ARC program employ advanced signal processing, intelligent algorithms, and machine learning techniques, the release states.

Under the contract modification, for Phase 3 of the ARC program, BAE Systems will perform work that includes the planned completion of algorithm development, advanced readiness testing, and key milestones for transitioning the ARC technologies to critical airborne warfare platforms, such as fifth-generation fighter jets, the release states.

DARPA’s contract modification for Phase 3 brings the cumulative value of BAE Systems’ ARC contract to $35.5 million, according to the release.

“The Phase 3 award from DARPA recognizes the progress our team delivered at the end of Phase 2,” said Louis Trebaol, ARC program manager at BAE Systems.

“In Phase 2, we successfully demonstrated the ability to characterize and adaptively counter advanced threats in a closed-loop test environment. We will now continue to mature the technology and test it against the most advanced radars in the U.S. inventory in order to successfully transition this important technology to the warfighter.”

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