BAE Systems has completed a demonstration of its Hedgehog semiconductor built to support radio frequency sensing functions and support communications with unmanned aerial systems in contested environments.
BAE said Tuesday it demonstrated the software-defined radio semiconductor as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency“™s Distributed RF Analysis and Geolocation on Networked System program, which seeks to integrate geolocation and signal identification capabilities with drones.
As part of the exercise, BAE showcased Hedgehog“™s capacity to conduct real-time geolocation and signals intelligence data processing to military officials.
Chris Rappa, product line director for RF, electronic warfare and advanced electronics at BAE's FAST Labs, said the small-form-factor semiconductor has the potential to provide tactical advantage to warfighters due to its capacity for deployment across various platforms.
According to BAE, Hedgehog leverages BAE“™s MATRICS SDR chip technology designed to support applications such as EW, SIGINT and other communications functionalities.