Network Retention During Jamming Mission
Navy SBIR 2019.2 - Topic N192-078
NAVAIR - Ms. Donna Attick - [email protected]
Opens: May 31, 2019 - Closes: July 1, 2019 (8:00 PM ET)
TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Air Platform, Electronics, Materials/Processes ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA234 Airborne Electronic Attack Systems
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with section 3.5 of the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.
OBJECTIVE: Design and develop an innovative, high-technology unit that will allow complete operation of the Tactical, Targeting, Network, Technology (TTNT) unit during missions in the presence of on-board jammer unit interference.
DESCRIPTION: TTNT is a new operational technology being installed into the Multifunctional Informational Information Distribution System/Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS/JTRS) unit, which operates across the 1300- 2100 MHz band being installed on the EA-18G aircraft. During a typical jamming mission, the TTNT unit (upper/lower antennas) operation will receive interference from the on-board jammer units. This interference will not allow the EA-18G to receive external TTNT units. A new technical approach is sought that will allow the TTNT to operate fully while in the presence of the interference. This new device will allow the TTNT unit to receive RF successfully with multiple TTNT units, and should include a tunable notch filter, nulling antenna, cosite interference reduction. A unit is less than 6in X 6in X 13in, less than 30 lbs, and the EA-18G will provide a maximum of 150W (+28Vdc). A unit must be designed in accordance with the following Military Spec/Standards/Handbook. MIL-N- 18307G (2) - SSOW 184.108.40.206; MIL-HDBK-217F (2) 28-Feb 1998 – SSOW 3.4.2; MIL-HDBK-781A 01 April 1996 –
Work produced in Phase II may become classified. Note: The prospective contractor(s) must be U.S. owned and operated with no foreign influence as defined by DoD 5220.22-M, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, unless acceptable mitigating procedures can and have been implemented and approved by the Defense Security Service (DSS). The selected contractor and/or subcontractor must be able to acquire and maintain a secret level facility and Personnel Security Clearances, in order to perform on advanced phases of this project as set forth by DSS and NAVAIR in order to gain access to classified information pertaining to the national defense of the United States and its allies; this will be an inherent requirement. The selected company will be required to safeguard classified material IAW DoD 5220.22-M during the advanced phases of this contract.
PHASE I: Design and develop a concept for a device that allows operation of the TTNT during jamming operations. Demonstrate proof-of-concept and system effectiveness in a lab environment. (Note: TTNT lab testing concept would entail testing 2 TTNT’s and jamming signals at NAWCWD, Pt Mugu, California.) The Phase I effort will include prototype plans to be developed under Phase II.
PHASE II: Validate the designed unit and support integration into an EA-18G aircraft. Conduct testing which verifies successful operation of the TTNT unit with EA-18G jamming assignments.
It is probable that the work under this effort will be classified under Phase II (see Description section for details).
PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Validate the designed unit and support integration into an EA-18G aircraft. Conduct testing to verify successful operation of the TTNT unit with EA-18G jamming assignments. The canceller would allow aircrews to receive information from aircraft/ground-based signals without getting interference. Successful development of a canceler could be used by commercial aircraft receiving communication
interference; therefore, private and commercial airlines could also benefit from this technology development.
1. Ahmed, S. and Faulkner, M. "Optimized Interference Canceling for Co-located Base Station Transceivers." IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 2011. http://vuir.vu.edu.au/9203/1/IEEE VT Transaction Shabbir.pdf
2. Tran, H. "A Method in Computing Successive Interference Canceller." Computer Information Sciences Department, Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 2012. http://www.sapub.org/global/showpaperpdf.aspx?doi=10.5923/j.jwnc.20120203.01
3. MIL-N-18307G (Amendment 2), Military Specification: Nomenclature and Identification for Aeronautical Systems Including Joint Electronics Type Designated Systems and Associated Support Systems (15 Sep 1986) [S/S by MIL-DTL-18307H]
4. MIL-HDBK-781A, Military Handbook: Reliability Test Methods, Plans, and Environments for Engineering, Development Qualification, and Production (01 Apr 1996)
5. MIL-HDBK-217F (Notice 2), Military Handbook: Reliability Prediction of Electronic Equipment (28 FEB 1995) KEYWORDS: Canceller; TTNT; Interference; MIDS/JTRS; EA-18G; Jamming; Connectivity