Sidewinder

Ground Based Geo-Location (Vehicular)

Capabilities

Project SIDEWINDER is a compact, software defined ground-based HPCP and GSM geo-location system. Currently in the development phase with the potential to become the replacement for the Carmen geo-location system. SIDEWINDER will employ the core technology of the TRAVELER system with a 4-channel receiver to increase to a 12-channel receiver in the future.

Limitations and Planning Factors

- DEVELOPMENTAL - Much of technology for Sidewinder was tranferred from the Traveler program - Fully ruggedized to permit operations in a variety of ground platforms and for low-altitude rotary wing missions - Contains both active and passive capabilities - Frequency range from 20 MHz to 3000 MHz

Vendor

BAE Systems
U.K.-based BAE's pods “are designed to find and eavesdrop on electronic emitters, identify them, then offer aerial precision geolocation (APG) and copying. SIGINT/ELINT pods and equipment can already be installed in larger [drones] like the USAF's RQ-4 Global Hawks, and aboard light surveillance planes like the Beechcraft King Air MC-12Ws.” — Margot Williams, The Intercept

Protocols

HPCP and GSM

Approval

Title 10

Cost: TBD

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