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Standalone Set-on Receiver products provide wideband, fast tuningand programmable set-on capability for EW applications. Thesehigher level integrated subassemblies products have beendeveloped using basic building blocks consisting of DigitallyTuned Oscillators (DTO), Instantaneous FrequencyMeasurement receivers (IFM), and Frequency LockedSource (FLO) technology in addition to digitalprocessing, microprocessor control and digitalsignal analysis.
unit utilizes a self calibrating IFM and DTO to make anaccurate Set-on Receiver (SOR), response time <250
s. The unit ismicroprocessor controlled to program various mission profiles for signalidentifications and jamming parameters.
Frequency Locked Source (FLO)
covers 6-18 GHz band, and tunes to any frequency in less than1μs with <1 MHz frequency accuracy. Includes pulse, FM, amplitude and phase modulators.
Wideband RF Front End Subsystem
for multiple SOR and/or deception jammers. Unit capableof covering 2 to 18 GHz and millimeter wave in desired frequency blocks. Modular assemblyoffers Up and Down frequency conversion, signal identification, emitter priority, signal tracking,predictor gates and transmitter power management.
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the capability to cover a precise spot overthe ground, as well as to ‘notch out’ cer-tain frequencies from the jamming – forexample, preserving the use of one com-munication frequency while jamming onthe frequency right next to it.”
The NGJ program is currently in atechnology maturation (TM) phase withfour contractors competing to continueon to the follow-on technology develop-ment (TD) phase. The four contractors– BAE Systems, ITT Exelis, Northrop-Grumman and Raytheon – were allawarded TM-phase contracts in July of 2010, and all recently received $20+ mil-lion contract modification/extensions.The TM effort is expected to be complet-ed by April 2013, at which point therewill be a Milestone A decision. If suc-cessful, a single TD contract will then beawarded in June of that same year.As explained by Green, the rationalefor a single TD award, rather than amore common multi-contractor competi-tion, is partially the result of the pro-gram’s extended TM phase which “hasn’trevealed any unanticipated technicalrisks,” he said. “The technical require-ments are well understood based on cur-rently flying airborne electronic attackprograms, associated Navy and univer-sity labs and support and test organi-zations, and it is the Navy’s belief thatthere are no significant drawbacks withthis change, while benefits include sig-nificant cost avoidance, improved pro-gram executability and reduced risk.”Still, Green acknowledges that costcontrol will, in fact, be a larger con-cern with the single-vendor approach.“I do share this concern of the leader-ship within the Navy and OSD, and we’llneed to work very closely with whoeverthe winner is to look at affordability atevery phase of the program.” Althoughhe agrees with the generally-acceptedpremise that the longer a competition iscarried, the more opportunity there willusually be to drive down the cost of endunits, he points out that “the challengewith this particular system is that we’reonly buying 114 ship sets, so while we’renot quite upside down, we’re close, witha very expensive development programrelative to the number of systems we’regoing to produce.” Green says continu-ing to carry two vendors through thedevelopment phase just wasn’t some-thing there was an appetite for in thecurrent budget environment, but agreesthat “it does put greater onus on the
“When it makes sense, we’ll have the capabilityto cover a precise spot over the ground, as wellas to ‘notch out’ certain frequencies from the jamming – for example, preserving the use of onecommunication frequency while jamming on thefrequency right next to it.”