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world repor t ITALY, SPAIN EVALUATE DIRCM SYSTEMS AT TRIAL EMBOW XV October 5-8) was to determine the effectiveness of tactics and techniques that use coordinated flares and DIRCM countermeasures against imaging IR seekers. The flare/DIRCM countermeasure techniques were developed by Elettronica jointly with the Italian Air Force's experimental center, following a proposal at the NATO Subgroup 2 meeting in November 2014. The joint initiative included a five-month (December 2014 - May 2015) system assessment phase at Elettronica facilities using the company's recently acquired IR simulators. While no details have been released, JED understands the work involved using the dazzling effect from the DIRCM's laser on the imaging seeker to improve the effectiveness of the decoy flares when they were dispensed. From June through September, Elettronica and the Italian Air Force experimental center selected a platform (the Alenia Aermacchi C-27J tactical transport) and concentrated on system integration, platform integration and ground and flight tests. Modification to the C-27J were mainly focused on installing a single ELT/572 DIRCM turret on the rear right observer window, and integrating it with the aircraft's defensive aids suite, which comprises the AAR-60 MILDS II and a chaff and flare dispenser, as well as an EW management system. As mentioned above, the Trial EMBOW flights helped the Italian Air Force to validate new IR countermeasures techniques using the ELT-572 and flares. Details were not disclosed Another aircraft participating in Trial EMBOW XV was a Spanish Air Force C295 fitted with Elbit's Passive Airborne Warning System (PAWS) and a MUSIC DIRCM system. Elbit and Airbus Defence and Space, with support from the Israeli MOD and the Spanish Air Force, integrated the PAWS and MUSIC systems onto the C295. Again, details of the system's performance were not disclosed. - L. Peruzzi and J. Knowles NEW JAMMERS FOR RUSSIAN LAND FORCES According to the Russian Ministry of Defense and industry sources, electronic warfare (EW) units of Motorized Brigades spanning from Kaliningrad (Western Military District) to Blagoveschensk (Eastern Military District) received new equipment in 2014-2015 in significant numbers, in line with the wide-ranging modernization effort in this field. Borisoglebsk-2 - of which 14 sets were delivered before the end of the year - is a multipurpose jammer mounted on an MT-LB tracked vehicle. It was first tested in the 2009-2010 timeframe and produced in limited quantities until recently, when production numbers increased in support of wider deployment to Russian forces. It is capable of de- tecting and suppressing mobile satellite communications and navigation signals, as well as jamming tactical communication networks in the HF and VHF range. Employing four different softwarecontrolled jammers, it is replacing the earlier Mandate system. Compared to Mandate, Borisoglebsk-2 offers an extended frequency range, faster scanning speed, better emitter geolocation accuracy and increased throughput capacity. Another Russian EW system, Infauna, saw several new units fielded in 2015. Infauna is a multifunction EW system mounted on a BTR-80 armored personnel carrier. It is designed to protect land units from mines and remote-controlled improvised explosive devices, as well as jamming tactical communications. - G. Zòrd. a The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2016 NATO held its 15th infrared countermeasures evaluation exercise, known as the Trial EMBOW series, from September 28 through October 15 in Germany. The event saw several NATO members fly fighter aircraft, transports and helicopters against a variety of captive IR missile seeker types used in man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and other short-range surface-to-air missile systems. Several new flares and directed IR countermeasure (DIRCM) systems were evaluated during the exercise. The trials took place at the Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Waffen und Munition 91 (Bundeswehr Technical Center for Weapons and Munitions 91 - also known as WTD-91) in Meppen. Fighter aircraft included EF2000s (Luftwaffe and Spanish Air Force), F-16s (Royal Danish Air Force), F-18Cs (Finnish Air Force and Swiss Air Force), JAS-39Cs and L-159As (Czech Air Force) and Mirage 2000Ds (French Air Force). Among the transport aircraft were CN-295s (Czech Air Force and Spanish Air Force), a C27J (Italian Air Force), a C-160 (French Air Force), C-130Js (Royal Air Force and the Royal Danish Air Force) and a C-17 (Royal Air Force). Several types of helicopters also participated, including NH-90 troop transports (French Army and Belgian Army), CH-47s (Spanish Air Force and Royal Netherlands Air Force), a CH-53GS (Luftwaffe) and EH-101 (Royal Danish Air Force). Two new DIRCM solutions, both based on the Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasures (MUSIC) system from Elbit Systems (Haifa, Israel), were evaluated during the exercise. The Italian Air Force equipped its C-27J with a prototype ELT/572 from Elettronica SpA (Rome, Italy) and Elbit Systems, and the Spanish Air Force brought a C295 fitted with the MUSIC system. The specific objective of the Italian Air Force C-27J flights (conducted from 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
On the Brink: Laser Wars Not Just a Movie Fantasy
Light Saber – LaWS Prototype Brings Directed Energy Onto the Front-Line
Technology Survey: RF Signal Generators
Threat Monitor
EW 101
AOC News: Views from the AOC Symposium and Convention
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