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USAF Selects BAE Systems and Sierra Nevada for GHOST

Next-Gen Open Architecture SIGINT Prototype

The US Air Force has awarded a team comprising BAE Systems and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) a contract to provide a prototype design for the next-generation open architecture signals intelligence (SIGINT) technology under its Global High-altitude Open-system Sensor Technology (GHOST) programme. The award continues BAE Systems’ development efforts to provide full-spectrum awareness and actionable intelligence with a SIGINT sensor design.

Our SIGINT technology is one of the few on the market designed from the start with open architecture,” explained David Logan, VP/GM of C4ISR Systems at BAE Systems. “We worked closely with the customer community to design our solution in this way – giving the US Air Force the ability to easily add new capabilities in the future to counter evolving threats.”

Under the contract, awarded earlier this year, the team will provide a sensor prototype that gives insight into adversaries’ actions by collecting and analysing electronic signals. It will exploit the RF spectrum, critical to battlefield superiority, to detect, identify, locate, and track RF emissions.

BAE Systems offers a range of adaptive signals intelligence products that allow operators to address emerging, dynamic threats across all phases and domains of battle. The company has over 20 years’ experience developing software-defined open-architecture SIGINT systems: customers have logged over 100,000 operational hours on the company’s systems.

SNC pioneers scalable open-architecture SIGINT solutions for airborne, ground, and maritime applications and is a world leader in electronic intelligence.

The open architecture of the proposed SIGINT systems will have a beneficial effect on its potential for sustainability, scalability and longevity. (Image: BAE Systems)

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