Air Force posts updated RFI for airborne SIGINT
On April 8, the U.S. Air Force posted an updated request for information for Technology Development for Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Airborne Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) (Solicitation Number: FA8620-16-R-4013). The response date has been extended to April 30, 2016.
SYNOPSIS: AFLCMC/WIN manages the USAF Operational Reconnaissance (Ops Recce) portfolio supporting the TWENTYGLOW initiative in cooperation with the SIGINT Capabilities Working Group (SCWG). The SCWG manages and plans Air Force SIGINT Capabilities Research, Development Test and Evaluation investments. The Ops Recce portfolio specifically focuses on what had been previously called Non-traditional ISR (NTISR) which involves capturing electronic warfare (EW) information on airborne platforms which currently is only available in the platform cockpit and seeks to communicate that intelligence into the Air Force Distributed Common Ground Stations (DCGS).
PURPOSE: In support of the Ops Recce program, AFLCMC/WIN is conducting market research across industry, academia and government agency programs. The intent is to identify promising candidate programs/technology efforts with projected capabilities that may improve current and future Air Force airborne EW data sensors and their supporting communication nodes. Market research will help identify what research has been accomplished in this field, as well as technologies that currently exist or could be modified to fill a need. Although FY17 funding is uncertain, Ops Recce managers are seeking 1 – 2 year projects beginning in FY17 that require funding of less than $3 million per year with Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 4 or 5. AFLCMC/WIN seeks white papers and quad charts by 30 April 2016. All correspondence submitted will be protected and controlled as proprietary. After reviewing the submitted white papers and quad charts, the Government may request technical exchanges and/or site surveys of respondents’ facilities. This market research will potentially shape Air Force efforts in the FY17-24 timeframe. The Government anticipates the information received will be used to plan and program the required efforts to support Ops Recce objectives.
Full information is available here.