BAE Systems receives adaptive RF contracts from DARPA
BAE Systems will design mechanisms for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that protect emerging wideband receivers from interference, enabling their use in contested and congested environments.
DARPA awarded two contracts to BAE Systems totalling USD 5 million under the Wideband Adaptive RF Protection (WARP) program which is designed to develop wideband adaptive filtering and signal cancellation architectures to safeguard emerging wideband receivers against both external and self-interference. Within the Department of Defense, radio frequency (RF) systems must operate within an increasingly crowded electromagnetic spectrum and contend with mission-compromising interference from friendly and hostile sources. “The ability to control signal strength across the electromagnetic spectrum is critical to the robust operation of wideband RF electronics,” says Chris Rappa, product line director at BAE Systems’ FAST Labs research and development organisation in a press release. “WARP signal filters and cancellers will sense and adapt to the electromagnetic environment through the intelligent control of adaptive hardware.”