The Air Force Research Laboratory has put forward a $46 million research program for advanced radio frequency sensing technologies.
The broad area announcement for the Contested Environment Radio Frequency Exploitation and Research (CERFER) project will require advances in sensor subsystems, according to the AFRL announcement.
CERFER calls for “novel hardware, software and algorithmic approaches for agile and flexible sensing which bring to bear all available resources (e.g., spatial diversity, waveform diversity, transmit and receive adaptivity, signals of opportunity, etc.) to maximize exploitation performance. Specifically, the goal is to address problems of concurrent detection, tracking, imaging, and classification/identification of targets within contested and challenging environments with single and distributed sensing architectures.”