MERRIMACK, N.H., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- BAE Systems has received a $34.9 million U.S. military contract to develop a new electronic warfare algorithm suite to deceive and jam enemy radar.
The award from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is for five years and encompasses Phases 1A and 1B of the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) program.
This technology will provide a revolutionary capability to EW systems on U.S. military airborne platforms to counter adaptive radar threats and significantly improve survivability," said Joshua Niedzwiecki, director of strategic development at BAE Systems. "To rapidly detect and characterize a never-before-seen radar threat, synthesize an electronic counter-measure, and then assess effectiveness in a tactically relevant time frame is a major battlefield advantage."
ARC aims to leverage advances in signal processing and machine learning to develop intelligent algorithms that detect and counter emerging adaptive radar threats, especially never-before-seen threats with waveform characteristics and behaviors that are unknown.
"By focusing on algorithms, the ARC program will develop technology that can be implemented as a software upgrade to a wide range of existing and emerging EW systems, providing a major capability enhancement without the need for costly hardware upgrades," BAE Systems said.