BAE Systems to conduct demonstration of new radio frequency countermeasure for US Navy P-8A Poseidon


According to a press release published on January 5, 2020, BAE Systems received a $4 million contract from the U.S. Navy to conduct a quick-turnaround demonstration of a new radio frequency countermeasure (RFCM) system for the P-8A Poseidon. The pod-mounted RFCM system is a leading-edge, lightweight, high-power system that will add a new self-protection capability to this next-generation U.S. Navy aircraft.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 BAE Systems to conduct a quick-turnaround demonstration of a new radio frequency countermeasure (RFCM) system for U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon. 


“The ability to meet this unprecedented response time underscores our agility, focus on meeting customer needs, and our ultimate goal of protecting our warfighters,” said Don Davidson, director of the Advanced Compact Electronic Warfare Solutions product line at BAE Systems. “A process that used to take 18 to 24 months has been scaled to five or six months, which is remarkable, as is deploying this new self-protection capability.”

The rapid response is the result of collaboration among small focus teams who developed an innovative approach to the design and fabrication of the system’s mechanical parts. As a result, BAE Systems will design, build, integrate, and ship the RFCM system in approximately five months, followed by two months of flight testing on the P-8A Poseidon platform. Testing will begin early in 2021.

The RFCM system consists of a small form factor jammer, a high-powered amplifier, and the AN/ALE-55 Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy. The BAE Systems’ AN/ALE-55 fiber-optic towed decoy (FOTD) is a highly advanced RF (Radio Frequency) self-protection jammer that is proven to be highly-effective against RF missile threats to protect any fixed-wing aircraft, from jet fighters to bombers to transports and more.


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