BAE gets contract modification for DARPA’S electronic warfare development project


BAE Systems has secured a contract modification, worth $13.3m, to extend its work on US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) project.

The ARC programme is aimed at enabling airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems to counter new, unknown, and adaptive radars in real-time.

BAE Systems ARC programme manager Louis Trebaol said: “The Phase III award from DARPA recognises the progress our team delivered at the end of Phase II.

“In Phase II, we successfully demonstrated the ability to characterise 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 US inventory in order to successfully transition this important technology to the warfighter.”

BAE Systems’ work under the contract modification for Phase III of the ARC programme will include the planned completion of algorithm development, advanced readiness testing.

Other works cover key milestones for transitioning the ARC technologies to critical airborne warfare platforms.

With DARPA’S contract modification for Phase III, the cumulative value of BAE Systems’ ARC contract will now be $35.5m.

"In Phase II, we successfully demonstrated the ability to characterise and adaptively counter advanced threats in a closed-loop test environment."

The company plans to perform the work at its facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Burlington, Massachusetts, US.

EW systems are required to isolate unknown hostile radar signals in dense electromagnetic environments, and generate electronic countermeasures in a bid to ensure success in future anti-access/area denial environments.

The EW technologies that have been developed for the ARC programme employ advanced signal processing, intelligent algorithms, as well as machine learning techniques.


Image: A rendering of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) project. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems