Navy avionics designers seek industry ideas on improving radar and RF communications

U.S. Navy avionics experts are asking industry for ideas on how to substantially improve the performance of aircraft radar and radio frequency (RF) communications systems.

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. — U.S. Navy avionics experts are asking industry for ideas on how to substantially improve the performance of aircraft radar and radio frequency (RF) communications systems.

A recent broad agency announcement from experts at the RF Sensors Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Avionics Department at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., inquires specifically about signals and information processing, antennas, engineering approaches, and aircraft-installation technologies.

The application areas of primary interest are airborne early warning radar that operates at UHF through L and S bands; tactical radar operating at C, X, and Ku bands; synthetic aperture radar operating in X, C, L, and UHF bands; and communications systems operating at any radio frequency throughout the spectrum, Navy experts say.

The announcement asks for technological ideas that include, but are not limited to:

  • antennas;
  • antenna array concepts;
  • electronically scanned arrays;
  • conformal arrays;
  • radomes;
  • propagation, scattering, and diffraction;
  • rough surface scattering;
  • computational electromagnetics (with emphasis on antenna design and antenna-platform interaction);
  • phased array antenna concepts;
  • electronically scanned arrays;
  • devices and materials;
  • remote sensor telemetry and miniaturized RF telecommunication transceivers;
  • optical components/fiber optics;
  • photonics and monolithic microwave integrated circuits;
  • high power broadband T/R modules and associated subassembly/device technologies;
  • direct digital synthesis exciter concepts;
  • space-time adaptive processing (STAP) techniques for circular arrays;
  • massively parallel processing architectures for multi-channel STAP, software engineering, ;
  • advanced signal processing of synthetic aperture radar data;
  • advanced image processing;
  • data and image exploitation;
  • moving target imaging techniques;
  • automatic target recognition and classification;
  • advanced signal processing concepts for multi-mode sensor operation; and
  • equipment installation techniques solutions.

For more information, contact Ben Hansford, contract specialist, by phone at 301-342-5738, Contracting Officer Vicki Fuhrmann by phone at 301-757-9707, or Electronics Engineer Steve Krasznay by phone at 301-342-0041.

Registration in the U.S. Department of Defense Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database is a prerequisite for receiving an award. To register, contact the CCR assistance center by phone at 888-227-2423.

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