BAE Systems’ FAST Labs research and development organization won a $5 million contract with the Office of Naval Research to develop custom microelectronics for next-generation radar, electronic warfare and communication applications.
The contract is for the Common-architecture Amplifier for Low-cost, Efficient, SWaP-Constrained Environments program.
“The COALESCE program closes the gap between commercial electronics and customized electronics to meet the Department of Defense’s space and power requirements and enable next-generation solutions,” said Ben McMahon, technology development manager at BAE Systems’ FAST Labs.
“Together with the Office of Naval Research, we will deliver these electronic solutions to increase survivability for our warfighters.”
As part of this work, BAE Systems’ FAST Labs will develop advanced Gallium Nitride-based monolithic microwave integrated circuit and module electronics.
The program aims to develop the world’s highest efficiency high power amplifier module in its frequency band, the company said. Then, the radio frequency modules will transition to small form factor U.S. Navy payloads and allow for longer range and greater effectiveness in active electronic warfare applications.
BAE Systems’ solution is designed specifically for harsh Defense Department operating environments, and ultimately enable next-generation radar, electronic warfare and communication applications.
The FAST Labs organization is located in Merrimack, New Hampshire.