OEwaves Receives Contract to Develop Optical Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) Receiver for Future Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems

Company to collaborate with ITT to prototype and test multi-function and reduced size, weight, power (SWAP), and cost photonic receiver under a DARPA contract to enhance intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and electronic countermeasure (ECM) capabilities in EW systems.

(July 11, 2008) OEwaves, Inc. has been awarded a contract by DARPA to develop a multi-function and reduced SWAP optical SIGINT receiver prototype that will significantly improve system configurability and platform compatibility for future SIGINT and EW systems. OEwaves will develop the photonic receiver front-end, and in collaboration with ITT, demonstrate the receiver system which will meet the stringent performance and SWAP requirements in the DARPA contract.

OEwaves' photonic receiver front end technology simplifies the architecture of conventional microwave receiver front ends by addressing the critical need to substantially reduce its size and power requirements. The photonic receiver is based on the patented technology of ultra-high quality (Q) factor crystalline whispering gallery mode (WGM) optical resonators.

"This is an exciting opportunity to apply our unique microwave photonics technology and realize a high performance receiver with a fraction of the size and power requirements of conventional technology," said Lute Maleki, President and CEO of OEwaves, Inc. "Such a receiver can also significantly expand the capability of future sensor suites for UAVs and other small platforms."

The impact of such a low SWAP and highly reconfigurable optical SIGINT receiver includes, but is not limited to: reduced system EMI susceptibility, compact payloads for UAV applications, system transitioning capability between radar and EW operations, and various jammer applications and operational benefits.