Machine learning to be integrated into signals intelligence efforts by BAE Systems, DARPA

UNITED KINGDOM. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded BAE Systems a contract worth as much as $4.7 million to integrate machine learning into intelligence gathering involving radio frequency signals.

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The technology will be used in platforms to decipher the signals. The total contract is dependent on successful completion of milestones and includes hardware delivery, as well as integration and demonstration support.

Signals intelligence (SIGINT) provides the military advanced signal location and exploitation capabilities. The setup, which is called Controllable Hardware Integration for Machine-learning Enabled Real-time Adaptivity (CHIMERA) provides a reconfigurable hardware platform for machine learning algorithm developers to make sense of radio frequency signals.

According to BAE Systems officials, the new system is capable of adapting to RF configurations in real time, and the open architecture interfaces also allow for third-party algorithm development.

Communications, radar, and electronic warfare also can benefit from the new hardware platform, the company said.