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Electronic Warfare Technology

Solicitation Number: ONRBAA14-006
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Office of Naval Research
Location: ONR
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ONRBAA14-006
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Presolicitation
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Added: Dec 18, 2013 5:03 pm
The goal of Electronic Warfare (EW) is to control the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum (EMS) by exploiting, deceiving, or denying enemy use of the spectrum while ensuring its use by friendly forces. To that end, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) EW Discovery and Invention (D&I) program invests in Science and Technology (S&T) initiatives that will provide naval forces (including Navy and Marine Corps) with improved threat warning systems; Electronic warfare Support (ES); decoys and countermeasures against weapon tracking and guidance systems; Electronic Attack (EA) against adversary Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR); and Electronic Protection (EP) of our own weapons and C4ISR from intentional and unintentional interference.

ONR has funded related technology development under numerous programs. If Offerors are enhancing work performed under other ONR or Government projects, they must clearly identify the point of departure and what existing work will be brought forward and what new work will be performed under this BAA.

ONR Code 312 Electronic Warfare (312EW) seeks proposals for efforts that shall develop and demonstrate technologies for the next generation systems in electronic warfare. White papers and subsequent proposals should address technology developments in one or more of the following areas:

Area 1. Radio Frequency (RF) / Millimeter Wave (mmW) Electronic Warfare Subsystem Demonstrators (SSDs)

The objective is to leverage prior investments by ONR and other Government organizations in electronic and photonic technologies, techniques, components, devices and subsystems to create subsystem demonstrators (SSDs) of advanced EW capabilities in the RF and mmW portions of the EMS. For the purposes of this BAA, an SSD will be defined as an integrated collection of components, devices and subsystems that, in conjunction with other established or developmental technologies and techniques, will demonstrate an end-to-end EW capability from the list below. Each SSD will demonstrate both the functional configuration and capability of a final EW subsystem, though not necessarily the physical configuration, packaging, or form factor. White papers and subsequent proposals will encompass not only the development of these SSDs but also a final government-witnessed demonstration in a tactically relevant real or simulated environment. In order to speed the transition of these capabilities to military (Navy, Marine Corps and Joint service) systems, Offerors are encouraged to make use of existing standards for open and modular systems that are either non-proprietary (e.g. VITA, open VPX, etc.) or to which the government has full and open rights. While each SSD description below highlights the need for reducing Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) by design, actual SWAP savings may be demonstrated through analysis rather than physical measurement. Proposals that are contingent upon ONR providing government furnished equipment, instrumentation, test facilities, or threat hardware and information for exploitation are NOT acceptable.  The Offeror must also provide a list of the prior ONR and Government research efforts that will be leveraged for the proposed effort with a clear integration strategy.  The number and quality of leveraged efforts will be considered as an evaluation criteria for selection.  A categorized listing of prior ONR Code 312EW funded efforts from fiscal year 2008 to 2013, including titles and points of contact is provided as Attachment 1.  Other sources of Government-funded technology will also be considered. The SSD shall use technologies that are conducive to minimizing SWAP requirements for future tactical implementation on SWAP-constrained vehicles or platforms. 


Area 2 - Compact and Efficient EW Antennas Covering HF to VHF (3-300 MHz)

The objective is to improve the capability of military (Navy, Marine Corps and Joint service) EW systems to detect, deny or deceive sensors, communications or other systems operating in the HF (3-30 MHz) and VHF (30-300 MHz) bands of the EMS. Current constraints on EW systems in these bands are the physical size and performance of the required antenna. It is not unusual for whip antennas operating at these frequencies to be many meters in length and operate at less than unity gain. It is also typical for these antennas to be omnidirectional with no ability to either concentrate radiated power on a localized target (for an EA application) or determine signal direction (for an ES application). This section of the current solicitation seeks technologies and techniques to achieve physically small antennas covering the HF and VHF with no physical dimension exceeding 1 meter (threshold) or 30 centimeters (objective). Technologies that are conducive to minimizing SWAP requirements for future tactical implementation on SWAP-constrained vehicles or platforms are desired. Technologies that are conformal to the skin of a vehicle or platform are also desirable. The antenna design shall achieve a voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) of better than 3:1 (threshold) or 2:1 (objective) while maximizing efficiency and gain over the full 3-300 MHz band (unity gain or better is an objective). For EA antenna designs a sustained power handling capability of greater than 100 watts (threshold) or 1 kilowatt (objective) is desired. For ES antenna designs the ability to precisely determine the direction of the detected signal is desired, as well as the ability to precisely geo-locate the signal when information from multiple antennas are networked together.


Area 3 - W-Band Millimeter Wave (mmW) High Power Transmitters

The objective is to improve the capability of military (Navy, Marine Corps and Joint service) EA systems to deny or deceive sensors or weapons guidance systems operating in the millimeter wave (mmW) bands of the EMS. While ONR has on-going interest in wideband EA transmitter systems which operate across the breadth of the mmW spectrum, this section of the current solicitation is limited to the W-Band (75-110 GHz) frequency range. Transmitter systems (consisting of power amplifier(s), matching network, and radiating element) capable of achieving 1-4 kW or greater ERP for small decoy applications or capable of being combined to achieve 100 kW or greater ERP for large platform applications across the entire 75-110 GHz frequency range are desired. (These ERP goals are peak power levels measured at a 10% or better duty factor; higher duty factor operation is also desired but a decrease of the ERP by 6-8 dB at 100% duty factor is acceptable.) Technology solutions are permitted using vacuum components, solid-state components, or combinations of both. Proposed system concepts should include a detailed end-to-end system analysis, with such considerations as input power needs, power distribution, cooling, component placement, isolation, aperture architecture, and beam-forming. The delivered system should demonstrate the ability to project the requested ERP across the full 75-110 GHz spectral band against a far-field target in a controlled and sustained beam and be able to transmit linear and phase controlled jamming waveforms capable of preserving complex signal content and coding


Area 4 - Innovative EW Concepts

The objective is to explore truly innovative concepts in the EW areas of EWS, EA, or EP which could fundamentally change the way military (Navy, Marine Corps and Joint service) forces conduct EW operations. (Note:  This sub-section should only be cited by proposals that do not fall within any of the other sub-sections of this Research Opportunity Description.)

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Full Announcement

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Label:
Full Announcement
Posted Date:
December 18, 2013
Description: Full Announcement 18 DEC 2013
Description: ONRBAA 14-006 Attachment 1
Description: ONRBAA 14-006 Attachment 2

Amendment 1

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
January 2, 2014
Description: This is a more legible version of Attachment 2 - 2 JAN 2014

Amendment 2

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
January 16, 2014
Description: Amendment 0002 - Revision of Significant Dates 16 JAN 2014

Amendment 3

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
January 16, 2014
Description: The purpose of this amendment is to provide the following information:
1) Pre-Industry Day Frequently Asked Questions - Attachment 1
2) 10 JAN 2014 Industry Day Slide Presentation - Attachment 2
3) 10 JAN 2014 Industry Day Attendee List - Attachment 3
Description: Amendment 0003 Attachment 1 - Pre-Industry Day Frequently Asked Questions
Description: Amendment 0003 Attachment 2 - 10 JAN 2014 Industry Day Slide Presentation
Description: Amendment 0003 Attachment 3 - 10 JAN 2014 Industry Day Attendee List

Amendment 4

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
January 23, 2014
Description: Amendment 0004 - Questions & Answer and to amend BAA. 23 JAN 2014
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