Extended Area Protection and Survivability (EAPS) is a competitive program to develop a mobile missile system that can engage and defeat rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) threats with a low cost-per-hit. TSC is supporting the Northrop Grumman/Miltec/Torch team in the competition.
TSC began supporting the EAPS program in FY 2008 with the quick-turn, low cost development of a benchtop communication link prototype. Building upon the success of this prototype, TSC was asked to add a Radar Cross Section Enhancer (RCS+) to be combined with the design of the onboard missile communications receiver.
Risk reduction efforts were executed for all of the EAPS designs in an attempt to convince the Government that the Northrop led team is the best choice. The TSC challenge was to complete the communications receiver design, add the RCS+ hardware and build prototypes in near final form factor. The TSC team made it a personal challenge to exceed the expectations for the task and to strive to build the prototypes in the final form factor. Despite the challenges of packing the design into a very small package, this proved to be a highly successful endeavor due to the hard work and dedication of our employees. TSC designed and delivered three final form factor combined communications receivers and RCS enhancers. Additionally, TSC designed and delivered three sets of ground-based test hardware to support laboratory and hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) activities.
The customer’s satisfaction with the TSC effort can be measured by the numerous emails commending the team’s performance throughout the year and by the customer and the Government all but completely removing the communication link from their risk concerns. However, the greatest vote of confidence came when the customer awarded TSC the opportunity to develop a proximity sensor for the EAPS missile beginning in FY 2010, thereby giving TSC three significant subsystems of the EAPS missile design.