Military Embedded Systems

ONR program focuses on full-spectrum EW situational awareness


March 02, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

ONR program focuses on full-spectrum EW situational awareness
Photo by BAE Systems

MERRIMACK, N.H. BAE Systems will develop next-generation electronic warfare (EW) technology that will detect, locate, and identify sources of radio frequency signals. The Full-Spectrum Staring Receiver (FSSR) effort is part of the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Electronic Warfare Discovery & Invention Program, which seeks to develop and demonstrate a broad range of next-generation EW systems that exploit, deceive, or deny enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum.

FSSR technology will enable battlespace situational awareness, emitter identification and tracking, threat warning, and countermeasure & weapon cueing, officials say.

The program addresses the need for full spectrum awareness, says Steve Hedges, FSSR principal investigator at BAE Systems. By subjecting the receiver to realistic electromagnetic environments, we can demonstrate how these innovations combine to enable an EW system capability.

FSSR team includes BAE Systems (the prime contractor), S2 Corporation, University of Colorado Boulder, Montana State University, Purdue University, HRL Laboratories, and the Naval Research Laboratory.

“I am particularly excited by this research effort, because it integrates a number of electronic warfare technologies that have been advanced by ONR-funded efforts dating back to 2008,” says Dr. Peter Craig, electronic warfare program officer for ONR. “Even more gratifying is that it brings together the talents of researchers from academia, industry, and the government in a coordinated effort that will benefit not only the Navy but the entire Department of Defense community.”

The contract with ONR is worth an estimated $11 million.

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