RF countermeasure system to be demoed by BAE SystemsNews
January 06, 2021
FALLS CHURCH, Va. BAE Systems announced it has received a $4 million contract from the U.S. Navy to conduct a quick-turnaround demonstration of a new radio frequency countermeasure (RFCM) system for the P-8A Poseidon. The pod-mounted RFCM system is a high-power system that is designed to add a new self-protection capability to this next-generation U.S. Navy aircraft.
According to the company, the rapid response is the result of collaboration among small focus teams who developed an innovative approach to the design and fabrication of the system’s mechanical parts.
As a result, BAE Systems will design, build, integrate, and ship the RFCM system in approximately five months, followed by two months of flight testing on the P-8A Poseidon platform. Testing will begin early in 2021.
The RFCM system consists of a small form factor jammer, a high-powered amplifier, and the AN/ALE-55 Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy (FOTD). Work on the contract will be performed at the company’s facility in Nashua, New Hampshire.