Dominance of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum is critical to successful U.S. military operations. Today, we do this using discrete radar, electronic warfare (EW), and communication payloads that are separately designed, procured, and integrated on platforms. These payloads typically use dedicated apertures, are realized with tightly coupled hardware and software, and are not well-coordinated in their use of spectrum. This rigid and constrained approach makes it difficult and time-consuming to adopt new technology, adapt to rapidly changing adversary threats, maneuver functions effectively in spectrum, and create comprehensive compact RF systems.
The CONverged Collaborative Elements for RF Task Operations (CONCERTO) program addresses these challenges by developing a modular architecture for adaptive, converged RF systems and using it to realize a single converged RF payload supporting radar, EW, and communications. CONCERTO systems would realize multi-function operations in less space and power than the combined collections of discrete systems, raise operational tempo by increasing the capability of smaller, more readily available UAS hosts, maximize the use of common apertures, and speed technology migration by decoupling hardware from software and firmware. CONCERTO is developing a multi-objective management system to intelligently coordinate RF mission goals in spectrum, space, and time to maximize the effectiveness of CONCERTO payloads. The architecture will be modular and scalable across a range of platforms, with a demonstration payload to be carried on a Group 3 UAS.
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