U.S. Army to Spend $260 Million on Key Signals Intelligence Program

By Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The next several years should see steady U.S. Army procurement of the PROPHET Enhanced tactical signals intelligence system, driven by the demand for vehicle and soldier protection. PROPHET provides 24-hour situation development and information superiority to enable the most effective engagement of enemy forces. Based on a projection of the FY16 defense budget, the Army will spend $260 million on procurement for the PROPHET program through 2020.

The Army recently scrapped a Spiral 1 ES system in favor of a system simply known as PROPHET Enhanced. PROPHET Enhanced has an open architecture, which will allow the Army to update the system much faster and more efficiently than possible with older versions of PROPHET. The systems are integrated onto Medium Mine-Protected Vehicles (MMPVs), HMMWVs, and other tactical vehicles.

In an ongoing effort to keep the program current, in October 2014 prime contractor General Dynamics used an RS112 1U rugged server on a project to integrate and upgrade PROPHET. The rugged server is hard-mounted in PROPHET vehicles or can be packaged in transit boxes that allow for quick installs.

A report on PROPHET is available from Forecast International.

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