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world repor t AUSTRALIA SEEKS EA-18G MODIFICATION KITS In a long-anticipated move, the Australian Government has formally requested EA-18G modification kits, via Foreign Military Sale, to convert 12 of its F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft to the G configuration. The request includes associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support at an estimated cost of $1.7 billion. Boeing (St. Louis, MO) would be the prime contractor. The purchase would include 12 EA-18G Modification Kits for the conversion, 34 AN/ ALQ-99F(V) Tactical Jamming System Pods, 22 CN-1717/A Interference Cancellation Systems (INCANS), 22 R-2674(C)/A Joint Tactical Terminal Receiver (JTTR) Systems, 30 LAU-118 Guided Missile Launchers, Command Launch Computers (CLC) for the AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) and Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), as well as associated spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The Royal Austral ian A ir Force (RAAF) had been considering the EA-18G upgrade from the beginning of the Super Hornet acquisition, which was formally announced in 2007. In 2009, it opted to wire 12 of its 24 Super Hornets to receive a future EA-18G upgrade, and the recent FMS request provides the actual systems and software needed to outfit the aircraft in the EA-18G configuration. The RAAF EA-18G program is significant for many reasons. It marks the first time the US has exported the ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System, as well as the EA-18G configuration. (Australia is the only Super Hornet customer outside the US.) More generally, the deal highlights the evolving security relationship between the US and Australia. – E. Richardson NATO FLIES AGAINST S-300 AT MACE XIII NATO’s latest EW exercise, Trial MACE XXIII, saw its aircraft fly against the S-300PMU (SA-10B Grumble-B). The event, which was held April 16-27 in Slovakia, centered on aircraft survivability against the S-300PMU system of the Slovakian Air Force’s SAM brigade based at Nitra. As in past years, Trial MACE XIII was sponsored by NATO Air Force Armaments Group (NAFAG) Aerospace Capability Group 3 (ACG3) Sub Group 2 on EW self-protection measures for joint services airborne assets (SG2). Col Ivan “Brandy” Brandabura of the Slovakian Air Force managed the event, which saw participation from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Flying from Silac airbase, several aircraft took part in the exercise, including NATO E-3 AWACS, Danish F-16s equipped with the ALQ-162/ECIPS/PIDS countermeasures suite, and Turkish Air Force F-4E2020 Terminator aircraft fitted with the EL/L-8222 jamming pod. The French Air Force brought two-seat Rafale B aircraft (equipped with the Spectra EW Suite) and Mirage 2000Ds carrying the Integrated Countermeasure System (ICMS). Germany flew its Gesellschaf für FlugzielDarstellung (GFD) Learjet 35 equipped with a new Cassidian electronic attack pod, and Norway’s 717 Squadron participated with one of its DA 20 Falcon EW aircraft. In addition to the SA-10B, the Slovakian Air Force also provided live target services for the exercise with MiG-29, L-39 and L-410 aircraft, as well as helicopters. During the exercise, the S-300 tracked and “engaged” aircraft with its 30N6E Flap Lid-B engagement and 76N6 Clam Shell acquisition radars. The exercise, which was originally planned for the previous year (that time with US Navy Super Hornet/Growler participation), had to be postponed to 2012 primarily because of Operation Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector over Libya. – G. Zord 30 The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2012 IN BRIEF ❍ The UK arm of research and technology group QinetiQ has been awarded a UK£1.5 million contract by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to conduct a threeyear program of Communications and Cross Cutting Electronic Surveillance (CCCES) research. Under contract to the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, QinetiQ will investigate a range of CCCES technologies, with its research being split into two main areas: communications ES covering development of techniques and algorithms to prosecute a range of communication signals in modern environments, and other signals such as jammers; and crosscutting technologies covering collaborative high precision geo-location techniques and research on radar and communications ES integration. ❍ Chemring Countermeasures (Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK) has won a five-year “long-term partnering agreement” with the UK MOD worth £21 million. It will provide a range of IR and RF airborne expendable decoys for Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. Options in the contract are worth an additional £38 million. Deliveries began last month and will continue through March 2017. ❍ Germany’s Cassidian announced that its Laser Optical Countermeasures and Surveillance Against Threat Environment Scenarios (LOCATES) shipboard countermeasures system has passed critical design review. Developed in conjunction with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), a demonstrator system will begin field-testing next month. a

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Future EW: Next Gen Jammer
Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
EW 101
AOC 2012 Election Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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