ITT Exelis ( NYSE: XLS) has been selected by Science Applications International Corporation ( SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] to provide engineering support for the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) program. The five-year contract could be worth $15.6 million if all options are exercised.
Administered by DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the ARC program will enable U.S. airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems to detect and counter digitally programmable radar systems whose waveforms and behaviors are new, unknown or ambiguous.
“With radio frequency threats evolving, we need a capability that will anticipate and meet these threats as they emerge,” said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. “SAIC and Exelis are teaming to ensure our warfighters can perform their missions safely and securely.”
The ARC program consists of two major elements: the SAIC-led development of new processing techniques and algorithms in a software environment and the Exelis-managed implementation of these techniques with a prototype module within a target system. This process may lead to a new, adaptive EW protection system for airborne platforms within the next five years.“We look forward to producing a comprehensive ARC solution that will potentially mitigate future advanced radio frequency threats to airborne platforms,” said John Fratamico, SAIC senior vice president and group general manager. “This technology represents the future of electronic warfare systems.” About ITT Exelis Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in C4ISR, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 19,900 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.