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Reshaping Electronic Warfare with Innovative Products

“Electronic warfare is any military action involving the use of the EM spectrum to include directed energy (DE) to control the EM spectrum or to attack an enemy. This is not limited to radio or radar frequencies but includes IR, visible, ultraviolet, and other less used portions of the EM spectrum. This includes self-protection, standoff, and escort jamming, and antiradiation attacks. EW is a specialized tool that enhances many air and space functions at multiple levels of conflict.” Source: Wikipedia

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Electronic Warfare Market is Important & Increasing

The electronic warfare market is increasingly diversified across almost every area of defence spending, although it remains most important to the survivability of military aircraft and navies. Despite budget restraints in many key markets at the start of the forecast period, the necessity of EW systems to an increasingly large part of military activity, as well as growing demand from emerging markets, means that we expect growth in the global EW market in the next decade. Currently we value the electronic warfare market at $9.87bn in 2012. Source:  EW MARKET 2012-2022

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EW Systems

Aircraft Electronic Warfare Weapons Systems Modifications Solicitation Number N6893613R0011

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Technology Development Solicitation Number: W909MY-14-R-D002

Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Technology Development (TD) Presolicitation Notice Solicitation Number: 20032-12

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  • The Next Generation Jammer system is capable of intercepting, automatically processing and jamming received radio frequency signals. The system receivers can also be used to detect, identify and direction find those signals, providing signals intelligence (SIGINT) either automatically or manually.
  • Improve the Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) capability to address the many diverse and rapidly changing threats on the electronic battlefield.
  • In addition to providing a significant enhancement in AEA capabilities, the system is needed to mitigate growing ALQ-99 obsolescence and inventory issues. The NGJ mission is to deny, degrade, or deceive an enemy’s ability to use the electromagnetic spectrum by employing both reactive and pre-emptive jamming techniques, while enhancing the friendly force’s use of it.
  • The objective of the TD phase is to develop a cost effective jammer system to enhance aircraft survivability. NGJ is an electronic attack system that will provide significantly improved Airborne Electronic Attack capabilities against advanced threats through enhanced agility and precision within jamming assignments, increased interoperability and expanded broadband capability for greater threat coverage against a wide variety of radio frequency emitters.

Electronic Warfare Systems is a Complex Discipline

Organizations develop, test, and field integrated systems to defend against ballistic missiles. Electronic Warfare systems are composed of many complex subsystems that cooperatively operate within real-time and mission-critical environments.

Electronic Warfare Systems Challenges Include:

  • Systems requiring sophisticated sensors and complex data environments
  • Long deployment and test cycles forcing systems obsolescence
  • A variety of high performance hardware and software generate huge amounts of data in all kinds of (binary) formats making it difficult to process and exchange data
  • Constant pressure to improve performance at lower cost with less risk

Missile Defense Data Complex and Expensive

Making a Significant Impact

  • Testing is a huge cost
      U.S. Navy: “cost of analyzing alone at 40% to 60% of … large software-intensive programs”
  • The confluences of challenges can only be overcome through innovation
      MDA Director: “game-changing technology … ensure the ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) will be capable of defeating the complex threats we expect to face in the future.”
  • More realistic operational tests require new approaches to data handling and analysis
      MDA Director: “we need to increase complexity in our flight tests… increasing the numbers, types and ranges”

Who Benefits?

  • Government Engineering  (Test, Sensors, Engineering)
  • Federally Funded Research Center
  • Support Contractors (Engineering, Test, Sensors)

FishEye Innovations Are Tackling These Challenges

FishEye offers innovative technologies addressing these Electronic Warfare system challenges.

  • Engineering Software Services with over 20 years developing, integrating, and testing real-time sensors systems
  • Open Real-time Big Data Acquisition, Analysis, and Distribution (RTTK)
  • Sensor Simulation for High-Fidelity Simulating of Impractical Complex Radars (VREX)
FishEye simplifies data handling in complex systems
FishEye Simplifies and Lower Costs of Complex System Data
We’ve been fortunate to have support from Raytheon in the development of two separate technologies – the VREX (a radar front-end simulator) and RTTK (real-time tool kit). I could see VREX helping lower NGJ project test & integration costs by simplifying and increasing testing in the lab while also providing a simulation driver for demos and training capabilities? RTTK is foundational software for data capture, analysis, and distribution of massive data in real-time. Perhaps RTTK can help reduce development, test, and integration costs and risks of real-time systems. RTTK might offer a mechanism to demonstrate/sell-off system capabilities, capture live test data for post-test analysis, and explore detailed system data to enhance and refine system capabilities. We’ve used RTTK on two separate radar systems (XBR and TPY2) for an Raytheon-IDS project called ESP and we’re exploring VREX for use on Raytheon’s UEWR phase-array radar upgrade.

FishEye Technology Presentation – VREX

Acquisition, Analysis, and Distribution of Massive Data in Real-Time (RTTK)

FishEye’s Real-Time Tool Kit (RTTK) is an innovative software framework delivering next generation Electronic Warfare data acquisition, analysis, and distribution of real-time big data.

  • Open and Self-Describing Data – easy streamlined access to large volumes of system real-time data
  • Portable Data – Seamless, efficient and high-performance sharing of data across a mix of computers, hardware, networks, operating systems, and user communities
  • Configurable – Avoid system development and software changes letting end-users and domain experts modify access to data and change analysis
  • Standardized – Enable Unified Data World across  platforms, hardware eras, and organizations
  • Analyze in Real-Time  –  Automate test and move time intensive batch analysis into real-time analysis. Visualize engineering data in real-time
  • Real-Time Distribution – Bridge and fuse data between systems in real-time. Enable decoupled subsystem upgrades
  • Extend – Expose system data not pre-designed to be available to extend systems capabilities

Electronic Warfare Next Generation Simulation (VREX)

FishEye’s Virtual Receiver Exciter (VREX) provides an innovative Radar front-end simulator enabling simulation, development, and test of Electronic Warfares‘ legacy and next-generation radar sensors.

  • Test in Lab – Improve flight test performance or reduce flight testing with more and higher fidelity testing in the lab
  • Improve Radar Performance – improved sensor discrimination  and performance by exercising signal processing and stress testing with many targets
  • Lower System Cost, Risk, and Schedule – Do more testing in the lab and less at remote sensor sites, reduce time required to test a new release in the field. Reduce dependence on expensive and specialized radar hardware
  • Design and Demonstrate Next Generation Sensors and Command & Control – Develop systems with model-based engineering, Simulate and test radar capabilities (distributed REX, sensor location analysis) before designing and building radars

FishEye Aligns Strategically

FishEye offers innovation helping industry and government meet your strategic goals:

  • Prove the power of your systems through successful testing
  • Team Approach
  • Optimize Available Resources
  • Capitalize on the creativity and innovation of small business
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