The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has contracted Leidos for a five-year research and development programme intended to mature technologies for airborne threat warning and survivability.
Valued at USD23.5 million, the Threat Warning and Integrated Survivability Technology (TWIST) contract will develop and demonstrate prototype advanced integrated threat warning systems while advancing electro-optical (EO) test and developmental risk reduction methodologies.
Managed by AFRL’s Sensors Directorate, the TWIST programme reflects concern over the continuing evolution and proliferation of infrared (IR) guided missiles, hostile ground fire, and, in the future, directed energy weapon systems. This threat change is challenging the efficacy of existing threat warning and countermeasure systems and techniques.
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