The DoD desires the capability to detect and counter emerging threats in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS), providing warfighters with an enhanced understanding of their battlefield environment. The RFSD prototype project aims to collect and analyze RF signals to compare against a baseline environment, and automatically alert Warfighters to anomalous signals.
Military personnel supporting deployed missions have little to no control of the frequency spectrum. In today’s complex RF environment, there is a lack of awareness into the employment of radio, cellular, wireless, internet, 5G, and mesh communications. This shortcoming is amplified by emerging threats who use wireless devices, including Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAV) or drones and IP based communications within proximity (<5km) of fixed bases and underway maritime vessels. The DoD seeks the capability to detect and counter emerging threats which utilize internet, telecommunications, and the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). The RFSD prototype project proposes the development and evaluation of system of systems to mitigate this growing threat.
Intercepting and interpreting RF signals is currently an underdeveloped capability. Improved RF spectrum analysis will allow warfighters greater ability to counter threats posed in the RF spectrum, namely enemy fighters’ use of remote IEDs and UAVs. Improving the capabilities to manage telecommunications in a strategic environment will provide the ability to deter adversaries and prevail in conflict. The RFSD prototype project proposes innovative technological solutions to address current and future security threats in the EMS and online with trusted microelectronics as well as strategic missions hardware and software.
The project objective(s) are to design an autonomous system of systems capable of collecting RF signals and scrape the internet to monitor the internet of things over—among other channels—5G. The system will analyze the signals it collects, compare them against a baseline, and automatically alert users to anomalous signals. To evaluate these objectives, The NAVAIR Technology Experimentation Center (TEC) will provide operationally focused assessment and demonstration planning, coordination, execution, analysis, and report writing.