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PAX RIVER ENGINEER DEVELOPING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM FOR RADAR DATA
Monday, May 21, 2018
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Source: US Navy


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PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- An engineer at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system with the potential to teach itself how to recognize and remove external interference from radar signals.

The AI system is an outgrowth of Ph.D. research into pulsars and mysterious cosmic signals called fast radio bursts conducted by the Atlantic Test Range's (ATR) electrical engineer Stephen Itschner.

The technology has the potential to automate a process that is currently time consuming because it is done all by hand. If successful, the system will be integrated into the Advanced Dynamic Aircraft Measurement System, which provides radar cross-section data from aircraft during flight tests.

Radar signals bouncing back from an aircraft can be contaminated with external Radio Frequency Interference or RFI. When plotted on an x-y graph, RFI appears as sharp peaks throughout the radar signal, making it hard to tell what represents the true radar return from an aircraft and what is coming from unwanted external sources.

ADAMS equipment is being upgraded to handle new, more complex aircraft programs that will require far greater data analysis capability. The next step is to buy hardware for the higher processing power needed to train the system for a wider range of radar data. The equipment is expected to arrive at ATR in time to begin running AI training algorithms next month.

Source:  U.S. Naval Air Systems Command
Associated URL: http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.NAVAIRNewsStory&id=6824
Source Date: May 21, 2018
Posted: 05/22/2018

 
 
L-3 AWARDED TH-57 MAINTAINENCE CONTRACT MOD
Friday, May 18, 2018
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PENTAGON -- L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is awarded a $42,349,412 modification (P00028) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for the organizational and depot level logistics services required to support and maintain the TH-57 fleet.

Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, and is expected to be completed in November 2018.

No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated against individual delivery orders as they are issued.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida is the contracting activity.

Source:  US DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1525992/
Source Date: May 18, 2018
Posted: 05/22/2018

 
 
BOEING AWARDED F/A-18 DFIRS REDESIGN ORDER
Friday, May 18, 2018
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PENTAGON -- The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $22,632,221 firm-fixed-price task order (N0001918F1512) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0001) to procure the non-recurring engineering required for the redesign of the Data Bus Interface Unit and the Deployable Flight Incident Recorder of the Deployable Flight Incident Recording Set (DFIRS) in support of F/A-18 A-F and EA-18G aircraft for the Navy and the government of Australia.

The redesigns will address obsolescence issues, as well as provide for additional memory and a 406 MHz beacon capability. The order also includes the development of three DFIRS Automated Test Station testing assets to support redesign and development activity and for use during the production of the redesigned DFIRS system.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (35 percent); El Segundo, California (1 percent); other locations within the U.S. (1 percent); and Ontario, Canada (63 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2022.

Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $22,632,221 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Navy ($21,267,538; 94 percent); and the government of Australia ($1,364,684; 6 percent), under the Foreign Military Sales program.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Source:  US DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1525992/
Source Date: May 18, 2018
Posted: 05/22/2018

 

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