TSC has made important contributions to the Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) Program in the evaluation of antennas and program management.
JCREW has deployed in the field protection systems for fixed site and mobile applications. New antenna designs for these applications required evaluation at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. TSC assisted in development of the capability to systematically assess antenna performance of existing (baseline or legacy) antennas and proposed candidate antennas.
TSC participated with Crane antenna data collection team helping configure instrumentation, set-up antennas for testing, data collection in the anechoic chamber and outdoor range and compiling results. Fixed site antenna measurements and analyses were confirmed by field validation and independent corroboration tests performed at the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) China Lake Division. Analytical results compiled by TSC and Crane correctly anticipated results of the Army’s empirical system level tests conducted at China Lake. Test procedures developed for Crane can shorten the evaluation time of new antennas and thus speed up deployment of improved antennas.
TSC Indiana Operations is also working with NSWC Crane JCREW reliability personnel to develop the statement of work language for implementing a JCREW reliability growth and management program. TSC also provided a draft reliability growth test plan based on the new army PM2 reliability growth planning policy. In writing the draft growth and management plan TSC performed Weibull modeling analyses to zero in on the program testing requirements and test times required to achieve the reliability goals.