To secure the future of U.S. air dominance and maintain a competitive advantage over adversaries, the U.S. Air Force wants to use cognitive electronic warfare, artificial intelligence, and work through advanced system integration.
According to a note Posted on September 9 in SAM.gov, the BBC will launch the Kaiju project next year, a huge new effort to secure the future of US air dominance with plans for nine subtasks, all named after famous beasts.
The Kaiju project studies software-defined radio frequency, produces data for cognitive electronic warfare (EW), integrates tools into a modular framework, adds advanced capabilities to existing multispectral environments, and creates a lab for hardware design testing activities.
The Kaiju project includes the following nine main tasks and technical objectives:
- Big Data for EW Cognitive Research (aka Gamera): Conduct a study that examines which key tools developed by the community should be integrated into a collaborative and modular framework for generating big data.
- Software Defined Radio (SDR) research (also known as King Ghidorah): Purchase target systems, develop interface data links with SDR and other equipment for control and management systems, disassemble target systems, laboratory, field and flight tests, and purchase candidate for SDR hardware / software.
- Multi-Spectrum Threat Defeat (aka Mecha Rodan): Enhance existing Multi-Spectrum M&S environments to add enhanced capabilities (including model accuracy) and cover electronic support and electronic attack (EA).
- RAPTURE Lab (also known as Kumonga): Design, manufacture, test, and document special-purpose hardware to meet R&D requirements in terms of program size, weight, and power limits. Perform lab and field tests on custom hardware.
- EA Demo (also known as Mothra): Build a reconfigurable EA processing framework to evaluate the capabilities of EA.
- Real-time algorithm development (also known as King Kong): Use a description of a government-equipped hardware architecture to determine the viability of real-time machine learning algorithms provided by the government for real-time applications.
- EW Radio Frequency Demonstrator to reprogram data from the next sorting mission (also known as Baragon): Development, maturation, and evaluation of advanced EW algorithmic concepts for detecting, sorting, identifying, distinguishing, and tracking complex emitters in complex environments.
- Advanced Threat Defeat (aka Colossus): Develop new and cognitive e-warfare capabilities to generate multi-layered EA techniques leading to long-range killing networks.
- Program Management (aka Godzilla): Perform program management of the scope, schedule, cost, and risk of the entire contract and each research project and development activity.
The Kaiju project is expected to have $ 150 million in funding over five years, with the main contract expected to reach $ 135 million to provide all tasks and technical requirements. In addition, a smaller $ 15 million will be allocated to focus on the Mothra, King Kong, Baragon and Colossus projects.