Military Embedded Systems

DARPA's Adaptive Radar Countermeasures project moves to Phase 3


November 04, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

DARPA's Adaptive Radar Countermeasures project moves to Phase 3
Photo by BAE Systems

NASHUA, N.H. Engineers at BAE Systems will move to Phase 3 on the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) project for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The contract modification brings the cumulative value of BAE Systems? ARC contract to $35.5 million.

DARPA officials modified an existing contract with the company to extend its work on the ARC project, which aims to enable airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems to counter new, unknown, and adaptive radars in real time. The contract is worth an estimated $13.3 million.

Under the contract modification BAE Systems will complete the planned completion of algorithm development for Phase 3. Engineers will also advance readiness testing and complete milestones for transitioning the ARC technologies to airborne warfare platforms, such as fifth-generation fighter jets.

The Phase 3 contract from DARPA is recognition of the progress that was made in Phase 2, says 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.”

The cognitive EW technologies developed employ advanced signal processing, intelligent algorithms, and machine learning techniques. Work will be performed at the company’s facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Burlington, Massachusetts.

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