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Airborne Broadcast Intelligence [ABI]
AWACS Broadcast Intelligence (BI)

Airborne Broadcast Intelligence [ABI] integrates and correlates national Intelligence and Theater tactical broadcasts to provide GPS-centered moving map displays of air, land, and blue water threats in 2D and 3D using DTED, and NIMA data. This roll-on, roll-off, under 150lb, Night vision goggle capable system allows the flight crew to assess, re-plan, and avoid real time threats in any location world-wide.

The award winner was The Boeing Company of Fairfax, Va The total amount of the award was $6M.

The AWACS Broadcast Intelligence (BI) Terminal Program was initiated by VCJCS shortly after the Bosnian shootdown of a US F-16 in Jun 95. By installing a terminal to receive tactical intelligence broadcasts on US AWACS aircraft, the Vice Chief felt the situational awareness of AWACS and the aircraft controlled by it would be significantly enhanced and future such incidents could be avoided. Program guidance was provided informally by memos, emails, and wording in PPBS documents; no PMD or ORD was promulgated. Given this latitude the AWACS Program Office devised a three phase program which would began with a Stand Alone Terminal and progress to a Partially Integrated Terminal and then to a Fully Integrated Terminal, each terminal building upon its predecessor.

While awaiting program funding, the Program Office surveyed existing BI hardware and software (HW/SW) and selected the Multi-mission Advanced Tactical Terminal (MATT) receiver manufactured by Allied Signal (now Raytheon), Baltimore, MD with software jointly developed by SPAWAR (Navy) and Allied Signal, a processor-display (workstation) manufactured by Codar Technology, Longmont, CO, and government developed system software. Under SPO-established criteria, the HW/SW selected had to be: low in cost, adequate in performance, currently in production, accessible through an existing contract, and upgradable to meet evolving DII/COE and IBS standards. The use of existing contracts saved the time and effort that would have otherwise gone into creating new contracts and enabled each of these products to be acquired and to undergo at least one upgrade/modification cycle within a 12 month period.

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