Next Generation Electronic Warfare Human Machine Interface for Submarines

Period of Performance: 06/25/2015 - 12/22/2015


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Progeny Systems Corp.
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Principal Investigator


The current AN/BLQ-10 HMI is an amalgam of non-integrated applications through which the EW operator must navigate to assess and analyze the electromagnetic spectrum. During the initial ascent to periscope depth, he is inundated with emissions from all types of radars ranging from commercial navigation radars aboard merchant and pleasure craft to ASW equipment aboard maritime patrol aircraft. Critical time is consumed configuring individual tools and displays to identify potential threats to the safety and stealth of the ship. Emitters not identified by the AN/BLQ-10 are prosecuted manually by poring over hard-copy volumes containing operating parameters for thousands of known radars. Progeny Systems proposes to develop a modular, extensible and open HMI platform for the AN/BLQ-10 EW System that allows the supervisory operator to configure the display components to work together to conduct RF signal analysis thereby reducing the amount of manual interaction and overall time required to complete safety and threat assessment. The modularity of the design enables integration of existing applications with relative ease. Other key features include improved emitter contact management with database driven platform correlation, enhanced data visualization and an interface for emitter data record/review/playback control.