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Advanced Radar Threat System (ARTS)

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What I could find on the different variants. Clarifications/corrections appreciated.

V1: RF: PESA
V2: RF: Extended L-band. EO/IR: Lockheed INFIRNO (MWIR)
V3: RF: C-band
V4: RF: S-band (search), "SHF-EHF bands" (engagement) PESA. EO/IR: LWIR search + SWIR/MWIR tracker
 

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Synopsis

ARTS-V2 is a pre-Milestone B Program to develop and field a high fidelity threat emitter for live aircrew training for anti-access/area denial environments. ARTS-V2 will provide the advanced capabilities necessary to train aircrews in the employment of fifth generation aircraft against foreign fielded live double-digit surface-to-air missile threat systems.

The required capabilities include the replication of system radio frequency signals and waveforms, advanced self-protection capabilities, mobility, physical characteristics and operational tactics, techniques, and procedures.

ARTS-V2 is a robust, ruggedized, mobile system. It will provide threat accurate radar tracking and reactivity to include acquiring, tracking and engaging multiple aircraft simultaneously with representative receiver/processor and electronic counter-countermeasure capabilities. The system radar signal will meet threat representative parametric data of the actual threat. Additionally, the system will provide threat representative full effective radiated power, replicate threat signals, antenna patterns, operational modes and threat tactics capabilities, and the capability to send real-time radar data to the Range Control Center (RCC) in conjunction with the range's Digital Integrated Air Defense System (DIADS)-controlled threat environment for processing and analysis. ARTS-V2 will provide multi-spectral threat representation.

Further information concerning the full scope of this effort can be found within the Statement of Objectives (SOO) posted with this announcement. All interested parties must be able to qualify for performance of the entire scope of the effort.
 

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Another article from Jane's IDR that sort of goes into some of the differences b/w V-1 and 2:

According to the USAF, ARTS-V2 is a ruggedised, mobile system intended to develop and field a high-fidelity threat emitter, focused on tactical, mobile, short/medium-range radar threat systems, for live aircrew training for anti-access/area denial environments. As such, it will replicate RF signals and waveforms to create a realistic electromagnetic environment in which to train aircrew "in the employment of fifth-generation aircraft against foreign fielded live double-digit surface-to-air missile threat systems".

Functionality will include the generation of "threat accurate radar tracking and reactivity" to include acquiring, tracking, and engaging multiple aircraft simultaneously with representative receiver/processor and electronic counter-countermeasure capabilities (the system radar signal will meet threat representative parametric data of the actual threat). ARTS-V2 will also provide multispectral threat representation.

Additionally, the ARTS-V2 system will provide threat representative full effective radiated power, replicate threat signals, antenna patterns, operational modes and threat tactics capabilities, and the capability to send real-time radar data to the Range Control Center in conjunction with the range's Digital Integrated Air Defense System-controlled threat environment for processing and analysis.

A sources sought synopsis for the ARTS-V1 system, intended to emulate the capabilities of a strategic, long-range, relocatable surface-to-air missile system, was released by the Air Force Materiel Command in January this year. According to the solicitation, ARTS-V1 is envisaged as "a robust and ruggedised Passive Electronically Scanning Array [PESA] system that is transportable, tracks, and/or engages multiple targets simultaneously, and is reactive to aircrew/aircraft defensive measures". An acquisition effort is expected to start in fiscal year 2020.

ARTS-V1 Engineering and Manufacturing Development is being completed under the Navy Closed Loop PESA System (CLPS) Program, on contract with Georgia Technical Research Institute (GTRI) and Electronic Warfare Associates: the USAF anticipates receipt of a production Technical Data Package, all relevant and required configuration control documentation, and a production representative article from the CLPS programme.

http://www.janes.com/article/71434/usaf-moves-forward-with-advanced-radar-threat-system-variant-2-acquisition
https://govtribe.com/project/arts-v1

Version-1 seems to be focused at replicating longer range/strategic sensors while Version-2 is going to concentrate on Short-Medium range. It appears that Version-2 is running ahead of V-1 as far as development and fielding timeframe is concerned unless I completely missed source selection on the V-1 system.
 

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ARTS-V4 Request for Information Notice; Replicate a surface-to-air (SAM) radar system to fulfill the need for both Short and Long Range advanced threat training system.

The Range Threat System Program Office (SPO) is considering issuing a competitive IDIQ contract to develop and produce up to 60 ARTS-V4 systems. The Range Threat SPO anticipates a Fixed Price Incentive Firm (FPIF) 3 year development phase and a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) 6 year production period.

The ARTS-V4 program anticipates being a Milestone B program to replicate a surface-to-air (SAM) radar system to fulfill the need for single platform, multiple range (short and long) tactical advanced threat training system. ARTS-V4 shall track and engage multiple targets simultaneously, and be capable of engaging fixed- and rotary wing aircraft. The Target Engagement radar is integrally connected with an electro optical tracking system which includes a longwave thermal imager and dual band short/mid-wave IR tracker. The weapon system is manned by two operators and is reactive to aircrew/aircraft defensive measures. The weapon systems are integrated on a mobile, robust and ruggedized system, capable of tracking and engaging targets while on the move, in all range terrain to include but is not limited to driving on gravel, dirt and paved roads. The system shall provide threat representative full effective radiated power, replicate threat signals, antenna patterns, operational modes and threat tactic capabilities. The system must be capable of weapons simulation for engagement scoring purposes as well send real-time radar data to the Range Control Center (RCC) or Live Missions Operations Center (LMOC) in conjunction with the range's Digital Integrated Air Defense System (DIADS)-controlled threat environment for processing and analysis. ARTS-V4 will be threat–representative at a high level of fidelity across the electromagnetic spectrum. The system needs to replicate the threat at a high enough fidelity to stress current electronic warfare systems, support 5th Generation aircraft engagements, and support CAF Live Virtual Constructive implementation.

The ARTS-V4system includes antenna, transmitters, all command, control, and communications (C3) equipment, power generation equipment, and any other ground support equipment necessary to facilitate a true-to-threat site footprint.

The ARTS-V4 Technical Data Package (TDP) is planned to be a comprehensive source file capable of supporting competitive re-procurement, re-manufacturing, operational mission requirements, and total organic system sustainment of both hardware and software. The Government intends to acquire data rights for the ARTS-V4 TDP as defined in DFARS 227.7103-5, DFARS 252.227-7013, and DFARS 252.227-7014 in order to maintain competition throughout the lifecycle.
https://www.fbo.gov/index.php?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=218a34d5a8c74f1618da39ca537dd9f6&tab=core&_cview=1
 

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Request for Information (RFI) Advanced Radar Threat System - Variant 1 (ARTS-V1)



PROGRAM DETAILS:

The Range Threat System Program Office (SPO) is considering issuing a competitive contract for future production of an estimated seven ARTS-V1 systems, with potential for additional production units. The Range Threat SPO anticipates a fixed-price type contract with a production period of three to four years long (note the notional schedule in section 2.3.2 and the V1 production contract award estimate).


2.2 System Description: ARTS-V1 shall track and engage multiple targets simultaneously, and be capable of engaging fixed aircraft. The weapon system is manned by five operators and is reactive to aircrew/aircraft defensive measures. The weapon systems are integrated on a transportable, robust and ruggedized system, capable of traveling on all range terrain to include driving on gravel, dirt and paved roads. The system shall provide threat representative full effective radiated power, replicate threat signals, antenna patterns, operational modes and threat tactic capabilities. The system must be capable of weapons simulation for engagement scoring purposes as well send real-time radar data to the Range Control Center (RCC) or Live Missions Operations Center (LMOC) in conjunction with the range's Digital Integrated Air Defense System (DIADS)-controlled threat environment for processing and analysis.


2.2.1 The ARTS-V1 system includes antenna, transmitters, all command, control, and communications (C3) equipment, power generation equipment, and any other ground support equipment necessary to facilitate a true-to-threat site footprint.


2.3 Current Phase: ARTS-V1 is currently in Milestone B development, and is acquiring a Government Level III Technical Data Package (TDP) with a Production Representative Article (PRA) under the Closed Loop Passive Electronically Scanned Array Simulator (CLPS) contract. The CLPS program is managed by the Naval office in Patuxent River delivering test ground systems to the Nevada Test and Training Range.


2.3.1 Future Production Strategy: The Range Threat SPO intends to award a future production contract to industry. This contract would be production of an estimated seven ARTS-V1 systems in accordance with the Government Level III TDP, with the potential for additional units. Any component or subsystem deviation to the Government Level III TDP would require acceptance testing and TDP design change authorization by the Government.


2.3.2 Notional ARTS-V1 Schedule (with Fiscal Year dates):
• Build-out of the PRA estimated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021
• Final Air Force testing estimated completion: Mid-2022
• V1 Government Level III TDP estimated completion: Mid-2022
• V1 "Build-To-Print" Production Request For Proposal (RFP) estimated release:
Mid-2022
• V1 "Build-To-Print" Production Contract estimated award: Mid-2023
• Final V1 Production Delivery required: 4th Quarter 2026 or earlier



2.4 The ARTS-V1 Technical Data Package (TDP) is planned to be a comprehensive source file capable of supporting competitive procurement, re-manufacturing, operational mission requirements, and total organic system sustainment of both hardware and software. The Government Level III TDP is currently unavailable. The Range Threat SPO expects initial CLPS TDP release by March 2019 and the full ARTS-V1 level III TDP by April 2022. Since the Government Level III TDP is currently unavailable, the SPO has concept drawings and diagrams posted for access. These concept documents are made available to give industry an idea of the scope of the production effort (Please note that questions and comments concerning the RFI or the TDP with Government responses will be consolidated into one document and released via FBO).
 
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