Principal Accomplishments

    The Airborne Countermeasures Test System (ACTS), an instrumented platform, plays a vital role in the Laboratory's assessments of air-to-air and air-to-ground electronic attack. This year the ACTS team celebrated its 100th test flight on the Flight Test Facility's newest airframe, an HU-25 Falcon Jet (above).
  • Lincoln Laboratory completed a study of U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft performance and limitations versus current and anticipated future foreign-threat fighters. This assessment included systems analysis, backed by laboratory and flight testing, of advanced infrared and radiofrequency sensor kill chains, electronic attack and electronic protection, and missile systems. Findings have been briefed to senior DoD leadership to inform their decision-making process for future system capabilities and technology investments.
  • Technical evaluations of the impact of exporting advanced military systems were performed for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and Congress to help guide decisions on major export programs. The Laboratory continues to provide a comprehensive assessment of options for U.S. Air Force airborne electronic attack against foreign surveillance, target acquisition, and fire-control radars. This work includes systems analysis of proposed options, development of detailed models and fielded prototypes of threat radars, and testing of various electronic attack systems.
  • Overarching assessments of the Air Force’s Family of Systems (FoS) architecture were performed. Systems analysis focused on protected communications; integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); strike capabilities; mission effectiveness; and survivability. Results briefed to DoD leadership are being used to develop a future acquisition strategy and concepts of operation for the FoS. The Laboratory is rapidly prototyping advanced sensors and systems to counter various insurgency operations. A novel modular sensor kit was developed and integrated onto a man-portable unmanned aerial vehicle to provide tactical ISR capability. This system is being transitioned to the operational community for evaluation outside the continental United States in FY15. In addition, two advanced airborne signals intelligence capabilities were upgraded and transferred to the operational community and industry.
  • Advanced architectures and technologies are being developed for use in next-generation counter–improvised explosive device (C-IED) electronic attack systems. The Laboratory is conducting field demonstrations and technology transition of advanced capabilities for future Counter Radio-Controlled IED Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems.
  • A novel approach to synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging is enabling the detection and localization of slow-moving vehicles in a scene by using a dynamic motion model to focus the radar returns. Because of the aperture limitations of the radar used for traditional moving target indication (MTI), these slow movers have been undetectable. The Laboratory’s new approach, which has been demonstrated on radar data acquired by the sensors of the Lincoln Multimission ISR Testbed, is transitioning to a development effort to support small-aperture SAR/MTI for tactical systems.

 

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