TSC has been a strong technical participant in Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) programs for over 20 years, beginning with the Navy Area program, continuing through the Navy Theater-Wide program, and currently with Aegis BMD. Our primary contributions are technical systems engineering and integrated logistics support, where we assist with timely development, installation, and integrated logistics support for the Navy’s BMD ships.

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Systems Engineering & Analysis

TSC has acknowledged expertise and significant experience in radar system engineering for the Department of Defense (DoD) and FAA including concept development, design and production support, integration and testing, and deployment support.

Technical System Engineering

  • Radar Performance Assessment
  • Signal Processing
  • RF Discrimination
  • RF Kill Assessment
  • Requirements Evaluation
  • Simulation Development
  • Radar Computer Program Documentation

Logistics

  • Installation Schedule Management
  • Supply Chain Logistics support
  • Navy Transition Liaison Support

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RF Sensors & Defense Electronics

TSC has been involved in the design, development, and testing of the multiple variants of the AN/SPS-49 for over 30 years. The variants include the (V)5, (V)8, A(V)1, and A(V)2. TSC provided radar subject matter expertise for the Navy's IWS 2.0 Common Data Sensor Architecture (CDSA) program which includes current and planned major upgrades to the SPS-49 for the transmitter, receiver, and signal processor. TSC is also led the overall effort to generate SPS-49B system requirements as well as interface requirements for new future combat systems.

This expertise and experience has been provided to major government programs such as:

  • Systems integration of new sensors and weapons, such as Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ESSM) into Navy ship combat systems

  • System and software Open Architecture design and backfit for AEGIS Modernization and future surface combatant design and test support.
  • Production, design, and logisitics support to the RAM/CIWS Program Office.

  • Reliability, Maintainability & Availability support to the Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) program, to the microwave tubes program of the AEGIS radar system, and to the PHALANX Close in Weapon System (CIWS), ESSM, and Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) weapon systems programs.

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Rapid Development & Mission Support

TSC supports investigation of issues critical for successful engagement support and development of techniques to mitigate potential performance-limiting factors. We have performed numerous detailed analyses to predict radar system capabilities and to demonstrate ways to optimize radar performance. We work closely with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in creating a BMD system to defend the United States, its deployed forces, and allies from a ballistic missile attack.

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Test Sets & Threat Simulators

Our simulation products comprise a broad span of radar analysis and system engineering tools that range from detailed antenna models to flexible effects-based tools for systems-of-systems design.

TSC brings multi-discipline expertise to meet the simulation needs of our customers that include:

  • Target models as a RF signal
  • Propagation effects
  • Sea and land clutter
  • EA and EMI simulation
  • Electronic protection
  • In-phase and Quadrature (I&Q) level models
  • Signal processing
  • Radar search performance
  • Kalman filter track algorithms
  • Target identification and discrimination
  • Radar siting
  • System requirements verification
  • Test planning
  • Test execution
  • Test analysis and evaluation

FEATURED WORK

Simulation Framework

BMD Simulation Framework

The Ballistic Missile Defense Simulation Framework (BMDSF) is a plug-and-play application programming interface library that provides efficient and flexible communications among functional modules in a Ballistic Missile Defense simulation. BMDSF is built on top of the well-known Message Passing Interface (MPI) library, which enables the framework to be highly scalable to large simulations distributed over multiple interconnected computers. The framework promotes modular software architecture; each functional module is a stand-alone program that can be compiled and linked independently of other modules.

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THAAD

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense

TSC has been an integral part of the THAAD program since the weapons systems inception back in the early nineties. Within the THAAD system program, TSC has cut across all the critical engineering areas: RF hardware/HWIL/interface development, software, system engineering and analysis. TSC was instrumental in developing the HWIL system (Radar Interface Unit), which provided the RF uplinks to the THAAD missile during and prior to flight.

TSC, working with the THAAD Fire Command & Control (TFCC) subsystem, developed the BM/C2I Integrated Test Environment (BSITE). This system is critical to emulating the real-time tactical THAAD radar interfaces (RIE) for TFCC testing and algorithm development.

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Algorithm Development and Simulation

Discrimination, distinguishing lethal objects from non-lethal ones, is the most central and challenging problem of ballistic missile defense. The primary objective of the entire missile defense shield is to neutralize the lethal warhead, but this task is complicated by the presence of a large entourage of other objects; the so-called threat complex. TSC’s MDA work is focused on developing methods for producing good discrimination performance even in such stressing threat environments

TSC’s missile defense discrimination work is based on a combination of theory and observation. Our personnel have experience in analyzing ballistic missile flight test data collected by a wide range of radars.

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