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Air Force Mission Area Plan (MAP)

Electronic Warfare

 

ELWF126 - Offensive Counterinformation Technologies

(COMPASS CALL)

DESCRIPTION: COMPASS CALL is a specially modified C-130H aircraft that provides an Offensive Counterinformation capability to the Combat Air Forces (CAF). The COMPASS CALL fleet is comprised of 13 aircraft (10PAA/ 2BAI/ 1 attrition reserve) in two squadrons (41ECS and 43ECS). All funding for analysis, development of countermeasures and reprogramming for new COMPASS CALL targets is contained in this PE.

JUSTIFICATION: Targeting command and control systems will provide commanders with an immense advantage before and during the air campaign. The research and development funded here provides a non-lethal means of denying and disrupting enemy command and control, degrading his combat capability and reducing losses to friendly forces. Details are classified.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE64270 Project 2462

ISSUES: This funding line was cut during a previous POM cycle. This has limited COMPASS CALL response to new threat systems. With the software reprogrammability of the new Blk 30 aircraft, analysis and development of countermeasures to threats can be further leveraged by being more timely and effective.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: TAF SON 318-88 ORD Number & Title: CAF ORD 318-88-I/II/III

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title: N/A

Current CINC IPL: Yes

ACC PEM: Maj Jim Avrit, DRAS, 4-6219 PEM Backup: Maj Ron Mees, DOIE, 4-5905

 

ELWF128 - Miniature Air-Launched Decoy (MALD)

DESCRIPTION: MALD will provide a very low-cost/low-risk method to stimulate enemy Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) into actively radiating, thereby enabling targeting of threat Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs) for suppression/destruction. The MALD Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) will culminate in flight testing of MALDs against representative IADS in mid FY99. The overall bounding objective of all MALD capabilities is an average unit flyaway price (AUFP) of $30K (FY95) on a buy of 3000 units. The MALD will be an expendable "wooden round" that is compatible with existing mission planning systems, maintenance reprogramming equipment and aircraft suspension systems. Since it does not require a 1760 interface it can be launched from any aircraft that is MER/TER compatible, although it does require a modified TER/MER. No baseline aircraft has yet been identified.

JUSTIFICATION: Major advantages are:

- Provides a stimulation capability required by off board targeting systems to detect and ID threats

- Reduces risk to CAF crews and aircraft by providing an IADS stimulation capability by other than manned aircraft, as is the current practice

- Improves strike aircraft survivability by decoying IADS to look away from the strike package

- Provides an IADS saturation capability for attrition of enemy SAMs and increasing the fog of war

- "Wooden round" concept requires a reduced logistics infrastructure

- Provides leveraging expendable UAV technology to meet part of AF Long Range plan end state for UAVs in the SEAD role

- ACTD will provide mature concept/technology requiring only minimal development

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE35116

Issues: Transitioning the MALD ACTD effort reduces development costs and lowers risk. With the current move towards off-board targeting, the need for IADS stimulation becomes critical. Unless the threat IADS radiate, off-board targeting systems are totally ineffective. The MALD is the cornerstone technology for a new class of low cost expendable UAVs.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF MNS 329-92 ORD Number & Title: N/A

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title: N/A

Current CINC IPL: Yes

ACC PEM: Maj Jim Avrit, DRAS, 4-6219 PEM Backup: Capt Wes Kremer, DRAS, 4-6217

 

ELWF205 - COMPASS CALL Blk 35 Improvements

DESCRIPTION: COMPASS CALL is a specially modified EC-130H aircraft that provides an Offensive Counterinformation capability to the Combat Air Forces (CAF). The COMPASS CALL fleet consists of 13 aircraft (10PAA/ 2BAI/ 1 attrition reserve) in two squadrons (41ECS and 43ECS). The upgrade of the fleet to Blk 30 is underway to improve system reliability and currency, however a two year funding gap exists between first squadron completion and second squadron start. This gap and other funding reductions have forced the SPO to stretch out Blk 30 completion to FY04, causing both fiscal inefficiencies and issues of technical obsolescence.

JUSTIFICATION: Major advantages are (detailed justification is classified):

- Enables update of receiver subsystem to satisfy current operational shortfalls and address immediate supportability problems

- Moves mission simulator funding forward to FY00 from FY03

- Uniquely satisfies emerging, fundamental warfighting need

- Provides spares for second squadron

- Provides foundation for Block 40

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE27253

ISSUES: N/A

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: TAF SON 318-88 ORD Number & Title: CAF ORD 318-88-I/II/III

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title: N/A

Current CINC IPL: Yes

ACC PEM: Maj Jim Avrit, DRAS, 4-6219 PEM Backup: Maj Ron Mees, DOIE, 4-5905

 

ELWF 325 - Stand-Off Support Jamming UAV

DESCRIPTION: A UAV capable of performing Stand-Off support jamming is a part of the directive UAV End State in the Air Force Long-Range Plan. This concept is a modular frequency band design that allows the user to build a jamming package tailored for the scenario. This payload will be carried on the Global Hawk HAE UAV and will utilize Microwave Power Modules (MPM) to provide high-powered jamming in a small package comparable in size and weight to current self-protection jamming pods. It will employ advanced jamming techniques using narrow beams directed to particular threats which will place high jamming power on the victim radar, needed to overcome sidelobe suppression.

JUSTIFICATION: The retirement of the EF-111 and the eventual drawdown of the EA-6B requires the USAF to develop a follow-on support jamming capability. This concept would provide a long endurance, stand off capability to provide support jamming for attack packages. This would negate the need for a dedicated support jamming platform and allow an "in-house" capability for support jamming. This concept would be designed to fit on future UAV platforms.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: None

ISSUES: Funding reflects deployment onto existing UAV platform consistent with Air Force Long Range Plan.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: 319-88 ORD Number & Title: N/A

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Capt Wes Kremer, DRAS, 4-6217 PEM Backup Name: Capt Jim Avrit

 

ELWF 326 - Support Jamming Pod (F16)

DESCRIPTION: A strap-on pod system could provide a support jamming capability utilizing existing weapon systems as the host platform. This concept is a modular frequency band design that allows the user to build a jamming package tailored for the scenario. This pod would make use of Microwave Power Modules (MPM) to provide high-powered jamming in a small package comparable in size and weight to current self-protection jamming pods. It will employ advanced jamming techniques using narrow beams directed to particular threats which will place high jamming power on the victim radar, needed to overcome sidelobe suppression.

JUSTIFICATION: The retirement of the EF-111 and the eventual drawdown of the EA-6B requires the USAF to develop a follow-on support jamming capability. This concept would provide a strap-on capability to provide support jamming for attack packages. This would negate the need for a dedicated support jamming platform and allow an "in-house" capability for support jamming. This concept would be designed to fit on future UAV platforms.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE64270

ISSUES: This solution is not realistic on this platform. Plan to move this to a UAV payload solution in the future.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: ORD Number & Title: N/A

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title:

Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Capt Wes Kremer, DRAS, 4-6217 PEM Backup Name: Capt Jim Avrit

 

ELWF330 - COMPASS CALL Blk 35 Improvements

DESCRIPTION: COMPASS CALL is a specially modified EC-130H aircraft that provides an Offensive Counterinformation (OCI) capability to the Combat Air Forces (CAF). The COMPASS CALL fleet consists of 13 aircraft (10PAA/ 2BAI/ 1 attrition reserve) in two squadrons (41ECS and 43ECS). The upgrade of the fleet to Blk 30 is underway to improve system reliability and currency, however a two year funding gap exists between first squadron completion and second squadron start. This gap and other funding reductions have forced the SPO to stretch out Blk 30 completion to FY04, causing both fiscal inefficiencies and issues of technical obsolescence. This Blk 35 initiative will inject the new technology required to improve reliability and increase COMPASS CALLís OCI capability against modern C2 systems.

JUSTIFICATION: Major advantages are (detailed justification is classified):

- Enables update of receiver subsystem to satisfy current operational shortfalls and address immediate supportability problems

- Moves mission simulator funding forward to FY00 from FY03

- Uniquely satisfies emerging, fundamental warfighting need

- Provides spares for second squadron

- Provides foundation for Block 40

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE27253

ISSUES: N/A

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: TAF SON 318-88 ORD Number & Title: CAF ORD 318-88-I/II/III

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title: N/A

Current CINC IPL: Yes

ACC PEM: Maj Jim Avrit, DRAS, 4-6219 PEM Backup: Maj Ron Mees, DOIE, 4-5905

 

 

ELWF332 - Modern Network Command and Control Warfare

DESCRIPTION: This concept develops, tests and implements software and hardware enhancements to target command and control systems. Procurement funding will modify/convert seven Block 30 COMPASS CALL aircraft to Block 40. Specific details are classified.

JUSTIFICATION: Targeting command and control systems will provide commanders with an immense advantage before and during the air campaign. The capability funded here provides a non-lethal means of denying and disrupting enemy command and control, degrading his combat capability and reducing losses to friendly forces.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: PE64270 Project 2462, Electronic Warfare/COMPASS CALL and PE27253 COMPASS CALL

Costs provided by Lt Col Dave Bullock, COMPASS CALL SPO, DSN 785-2223

ISSUES: This concept is considered mid-term capability. Delivery schedule is notional based on best estimate of first developmental systems delivering in FY04.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: TAF SON 318-88 ORD Number & Title: CAF 0RD 318-88-I/II/III

1067 Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title: FY96 CI

Current CINC IPL: Yes

ACC PEM: Maj Don Lundie, DRAS, 46220 PEM Backup: Maj Jim Avrit, DRAS, 46219

 



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