Demand in the Middle East for ‘total systems integration’ in C4I reflects a broader interest in developing robust joint operating capabilities.
DARPA seeks to improve adaptive control of electromagnetic spectrum
BAE Systems is working on two contracts from DARPA under the Wideband Adaptive RF Protection (WARP) programme.
The combined value of the two DARPA deals is $5 million.
WARP aims to develop wideband adaptive filtering and signal cancellation architectures to protect emerging wideband receivers from interference, the company announced on 7 April.
The desired result would be an enhanced capability to function in contested and congested electromagnetic environments where adversaries pose a growing threat.
Two technical areas of WARP focus on enhancing EW technology to improve adaptive control of the electromagnetic spectrum. Technical Area 1 focuses on mitigating external interference, and Technical Area 2 looks into mitigating self-interference from co-located transmitters to enable same-frequency simultaneous transmit and receive.
‘The ability to control signal strength across the electromagnetic spectrum is critical to the robust operation of wideband RF electronics,’ said Chris Rappa, product line director in the FAST Labs R&D organisation within BAE Systems.
He added: ‘WARP signal filters and cancellers will sense and adapt to the electromagnetic environment through the intelligent control of adaptive hardware.’
As part of our promise to deliver comprehensive coverage to our Defence Insight and Premium News subscribers, our curated defence news content provides the latest industry updates, contract awards and programme milestones.
More from Digital Battlespace
Rheinmetall is buying a 25.1% stake in 4iG and setting up a JV in Hungary to drive its digitisation plans.
The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency is looking to exploit public and private 5G networks and has conducted trials involving a 5G network aboard a trailer as well as the use of gunshot detection systems and drones.
Northrop Grumman has proven JADC2 connectivity capabilities in support of FVL networking.
Finnish-Swedish industry collaboration helps AESA radar to detect low-flying missiles and UAVs, says Saab.
USAF aims to use small satellite bus beyond equatorial geosynchronous orbit.