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Sunday, October 24th, 2021

DARPA sensor system transitions to Air Force

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Credit: U.S. Air Force

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said a sensor system developed under the Arrays at Commercial Timescales – Integration and Validation (ACT-IV) program has transitioned to the Air Force.

DARPA indicated Northrop Grumman, which serves as the ACT-IV program primary research team, spearheaded transition of the advanced digital active electronically scanned array (AESA) to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

“With the ACT-IV program, we were able to realize the vision of ACT by developing an advanced sensor system with ACT common modules,” Tom Rondeau, the program manager leading ACT-IV, said. “The resulting system went through extensive testing and demonstrations to validate its capabilities, proving out a sixth-generation array with a scalable, customizable core that could work across varied application spaces. Transitioning the ACT-IV system to AFRL will enable continued exploration of digital, multifunctional RF technologies for defense needs.”

Authorities noted ACT-IV is a new multifunction AESA system possessing the capability to simultaneously perform varied operations that include radar, electronic warfare (EW) and communications functions at different modes.

The ACT-IV program also created a third-party developer community enabling continued use and advancement of the technologies, per officials. Teams from government research labs and university-affiliated research centers developed a curriculum and training program providing developers and researchers with knowledge to continue advancing ACT-IV program work.