Army asks industry for enabling technologies in electronic warfare (EW) against capable enemies

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – U.S. Army leaders are asking industry and academia for information on newly developed enabling technologies in electronic warfare (EW) solutions that might be effective against increasingly capable enemies in conflicts on land, in space, in the air, on and below the ocean, and in cyberspace.

Army asks industry for enabling technologies in electronic warfare (EW) against capable enemies
Army asks industry for enabling technologies in electronic warfare (EW) against capable enemies
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – U.S. Army leaders are asking industry and academia for information on newly developed enabling technologies in electronic warfare (EW) solutions that might be effective against increasingly capable enemies in conflicts on land, in space, in the air, on and below the ocean, and in cyberspace.

Officials of the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) at Aberdeen Proving Ground issued a sources-sought notice on Wednesday (W56KGU-18-R-T011) for the Multi Domain Electronic Warfare Capabilities (MDEWC) project.

MDEWC seeks to identify and plug technology gaps in U.S. EW capabilities for the Army's Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) concept. MDB describes how U.S. ground forces will fight against peer adversaries from 2025 to 2040. It focuses on increasingly capable adversaries who will contest U.S. strategic resolve and commitment to allies from greater distances and restrict friendly maneuver on land, in the air, on and below the ocean, in space, and in cyber space.

The MDEWC project also is seeking EW projects to support the multi-service Future Vertical Lift (FVL) and Future Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (FTUAS) family of systems.

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U.S. forces are likely to confront peer and near-peer states in the near future, which use multi-sensor intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, advanced communications networks, and precision-guided munitions to restrict Army maneuver and action. This means that U.S. Joint forces no longer will be assured continuous superiority in any domain.

The Army wants information from industry that can help address how electronic warfare can be used across Army aviation to aid in creating seams in enemy defenses where none exist, and keep these physical and virtual holes open for significant periods of time.

This information will help Army planners define an EW strategy for current and future manned helicopters and unmanned aircraft involved in multi-domain battle.

From industry, the Army wants information on technologies for:

-- electronic attack, EW support, direction finding, and geolocation across radio frequency, ultraviolet, and infrared spectra;
-- how these technologies could be used aboard helicopters and small-to-medium-sized unmanned aircraft from launch to mission completion;
-- how EW technologies are unique and add to the multi-domain EW battle strategy;
-- technology levels and how long it will take to make these technologies ready for advanced prototypes;
-- technology size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP), and prospects for reducing SWaP as the technologies mature; and
-- communications capabilities with other military systems and users;

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Companies interested should email 10-page white papers in .PDF format no later than 22 June 2018 to usarmy.apg.rdecom-cerdec.mbx.i2wd-ewags-mdewc-rfi-1@mail.mil. Email classified submissions via SIPRNet to usarmy.apg.rdecom-cerdec.mbx.i2wd-ewags-mdewc-rfi-1@mail.smil.mil. Put Multi-Domain electronic warfare Capabilities RFI in the subject line.

Email questions or concerns to usarmy.apg.rdecom-cerdec.mbx.i2wd-ewags-mdewc-rfi-1@mail.mil. More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/notices/e4b7859a9b659cc0898bcd7f5f378dc7.

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