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BAE SYSTEMS To Revolutionise Electronic Warfare For DARPA'S WolfPack Programme

09 Apr 2003

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected BAE Systems to develop miniaturised, unattended ground sensors capable of detecting, identifying and jamming communications and radar threat signals for the "WolfPack" programme.

The Wolfpack programme will provide technologies that help the armed forces monitor and disrupt enemy communications and radar signals, while protecting friendly communications.

BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS), Nashua, New Hampshire, received a two-year, $22.8 million award from DARPA's Advanced Technology Office on March 25.

Aaron Penkacik, vice president of IEWS Advanced Systems and Technology organisation, said, "This critical future capability is important to the military. It is likely to change the way our forces prosecute electronic warfare missions such as surveillance and electronic countermeasures."

Wolfpack consists of small, unattended sensors that can be placed at areas of interest by a variety of methods. Once deployed, individual "wolves" (sensors), self-organise into "packs" to determine optimum detection and jamming strategies. In each "pack," gateway nodes provide data to users, and the system can detect and jam many threat signals.

Wolfpack will use BAE Systems Signal Intelligence Diamond Software Architecture™ and will be interoperable with the Adaptive Joint C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, and Computer, Intelligence and Reconnaissance) programme, which IEWS is also developing for DARPA.

Wolfpack team members include BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions, Austin, Texas; M/A-COM, Lowell, Massachusetts; Herrick Technology Laboratories, Bedford, New Hampshire; Telcordia Technologies, Morristown, New Jersey; and ILC Dover Inc., of Frederica, Delaware.

About BAE SYSTEMS:

BAE Systems is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE Systems employs nearly 100,000 people including joint ventures, and has annual sales of around 12 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills.

BAE Systems designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defence products. BAE Systems is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions.

BAE Systems North America is a high-technology U.S. company with more than 25,000 employees who live and work in some 30 states, the District of Columbia and the United Kingdom. The company is dedicated to solving its customers' needs with both highly innovative and leading-edge solutions across the defence electronics, systems, information technology and services arenas.

BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems employs 5,300 people at nine major facilities in seven states. The business unit is a major producer of aircraft self-protection systems and tactical surveillance and intelligence systems for all branches of the armed forces. Other major business areas include microwave, mission and space electronics; infrared imaging; and automated mission planning systems.



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