III.D.21p. Full-Spectrum Threat Protection (FSTP). By FY05, demonstrate on a fielded AH-64 Apache helicopter the synergistic benefits that can be obtained by integrating state-of-the-art technologies related to advanced active electronic warfare and decoy Countermeasures (CM), advanced passive signature reduction technology, and advanced air crew situational awareness and tactics. The program will capitalize on existing and in-process technical developments while identifying and pursuing advanced technologies necessary to support areas where advanced threat development is expected to surpass current capabilities. The primary challenge of this STO is to integrate active and passive CM that can produce a mission effective, survivable rotary-wing vehicle that is both supportable and affordable. By FY02, select state-of-the art active/passive CM, aircrew situational awareness concepts, and develop preliminary system design. By FY03, perform hardware fabrication and initial software development. By FY04, perform hot bench integration and subsystem flight test. By FY05, perform system flight test and simulation validation demo. The FSTP program will integrate passive features such as radar absorbing airframe and rotor structures, advance canopy and sensor window treatments, innovative IR suppressors, multispectral paints and coatings, lightweight insulative materials, and low glint canopy coatings along with the Advanced Threat Radar Jammer (ATRJ) and the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasure (ATIRCM) systems. These technologies will support achievement of the rotary-wing 2005 TDA technology goals of a 40 percent reduction in radar cross section signature, a 50 percent reduction in infrared signature, and a 55 percent reduction in the visual/electro-optical signature. In turn, these will contribute to the system payoff of 60 percent increase in probability of survival. A 50 percent increase in active aircraft survivability equipment effectivenesss will also be achieved.
Supports: UH-60, AH-64, Improved Cargo Helicopter, and future Comanche upgrades and future systems, e.g., Joint Transport Rotorcraft (JTR). Supports MTD, DSA, EEL, CSS, and BC Battle Labs, and contributes to the RWV TDA objectives, goals, and payoffs.
|STO Manager:||TSO:||TRADOC POC:|
|Gene Birocco||Drew Orlino||Glenn Harrison|
|ATCOM/AFDD||SARD-TT||U.S. Army Aviation|