Written by Marc Pomerleau
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Army recently awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics Mission Systems to develop a proof-of-concept for a ground-based electronic warfare capability aimed at having effects over thousands of miles.
The Terrestrial Layer System-Echelons Above Brigade program is designed for signals intelligence, electronic warfare and cyber operations and will be used by the Army’s Multi-Domain Task Force. This comes as advanced adversaries require the military to operate at greater ranges, and therefore the service must be able to detect farther and at higher echelons, such as divisions and corps.
There is no procurement budget for the system as it is still under development, but the military is requesting $29.6 million in research and development funds in 2023 and $85.7 million for the future years’ defense program, which would go towards further prototyping and integration. .
“What we asked the industry was, ‘OK, how would you approach this issue – with these types of threats? TechNet Augusta Conference. “We asked two contractors to go through a design phase to show us what they believe to be in the art of the possible and we will use that to make decisions on building a prototype for that long-term sense. term and this effect on the floor of these echelons.
As part of the other Deal Agreement Awards, which were issued over the past month, the contractors will also seek to design the specific vehicle on which TLS-EAB will be mounted.
“Right now, I think it’s [Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles] is what we said would be available to you,” Kitz said. “We left it open to proposers to say, ‘OK, would I need a tethered drone? would i need a [drone]? What is the art of the possible here from and not necessarily constrained by platform?’ »
Lockheed Martin was awarded for the next phase of TLS-Brigade Combat Team in July, which will pave the way for its delivery to soldiers. TLS-BCT will be the brigade’s first organic cyber warfare, electronic warfare and signals intelligence platform and is expected to be deployed to units in fiscal year 2022.
General Dynamics also designed one of the leading risk mitigation platforms for TLS-BCT, the Tactical Electronic Warfare System.