I2WD posts multi domain EW RFI
The U.S. Army released a request for information on May 23 about Multi Domain Electronic Warfare Capabilities (Solicitation Number: W56KGU-18-R-T011). Responses are due by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on June 22.
United States (U.S.) Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD).
I2WD is seeking information from academia and industry, regarding research and development efforts for Electronic Warfare (EW) solutions that will support TRADOC’s Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) concept. Knowledge of these efforts are of significant interest for identifying future EW capabilities, and will help provide information on technology options that address threat-based capability gaps to meet EW requirements for the 2025-2030 timeframe in support of the multi-service Future Vertical Lift (FVL) and Future Tactical Unmanned Arial Systems (FTUAS) Family of Systems (FoS).
U.S. forces are likely to confront peer and near-peer states. Militaries of these states will employ numerous multi-sensor Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance assets and units enabled by highly integrated communications networks. This capability, along with rapid adoption of precision-guided munitions will restrict US Joint Force’s Freedom of maneuver and action. The result is that U.S. Joint forces will no longer be assured continuous superiority in any domain. The intent of this RFI is to solicit 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 tactically and operationally significant periods of time. This will help define and scope the EW strategy for current and future manned rotary wing and unmanned air platforms in a MDB environment.
Requested Information: Responses provided shall address, but not be limited to the following topics:
• Specify Electronic Attack, EW Support, Direction Finding, Geolocation technologies across RF, UV and/or IR spectrums.
• How the specific technology could be employed on rotorcraft and or specified (UAS) Payloads for Class III or smaller UAS is ideal; however, advanced payloads for larger aircraft will be considered.
• Given the proposed technology, please include your thoughts on how it would be tactically employed to include launching the aircraft all the way through Mission Completion.
• Communicate the significance and uniqueness that the technology adds to the overall Multi-Domain EW battle strategy.
• Current maturity and estimated timeline to reach Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL6).
• Estimate a Specific Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) for the technology and a projection if a SWaP reduction might occur once the technology or system is mature for installation.
• Address how collected information will be communicated and disseminated to other platforms and/or users.
Full information is available here.