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SELEX ES TO STUDY ENHANCED ACTIVE DECOY
FOR SHIP DEFENSE
The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2015
Selex ES (Basildon, Essex, UK) has been awarded a £1.2 million
contract by the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
(DSTL) to conduct a risk reduction study assessing the performance of an upgraded version of the Royal Navy's (RN's) Mk 251
Active Decoy Round (ADR). The Enhanced Active Decoy Round
(EADR) would leverage previous Selex ES research into a nextgeneration airborne Expendable Active Decoy (EAD), which was
developed under an earlier technology demonstration program.
The compact, lightweight EAD, which includes a DRFM-based
Techniques Generator (TG), is now in the prototype phase.
The MK 251 ADR is part of the RN's "Outfit DLH" decoy system,
a rocket-launched RF seduction decoy that deploys an I/J-band
jammer payload suspended beneath a parasail. The Outfit DLH's
launch control system automatically computes the optimum engagement geometry, selects the best-placed launcher, programs
the correct RF jamming response, and determines the best position from which to execute the firing sequence.
According to DSTL, the EADR risk reduction program, to be
conducted over nine months, "will increase confidence that the
proposed solution will deliver the required capability." And, "it
will provide evidence to assist the MOD decision whether to go
ahead with the Enhanced ADR procurement and to assess the potential of the EADR and its ability to mitigate a capability gap on
current and future surface platforms." - R. Scott
L-3 TRL TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPLY UK MEDIUM WEIGHT
ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITY
L-3 TRL Technology (Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK) has won
a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide UK
forces with a modular and scalable land and littoral tactical EW
solution able to support expeditionary operations. The company
submitted a bid for the "Medium Weight Electronic Surveillance
Capability (MWESC)" requirement in early 2014, as did Chemring
Technology Solutions' Roke Manor Research (Romsey, Hampshire,
UK), Selex ES (Basildon, Essex, UK), and Communications Audit
UK (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK).
According to L-3, its solution is based on the company's Military Off The Shelf (MOTS)-networked tactical EW capability,
which incorporates a fully-integrated range of fused sensors and
effectors, providing capabilities for electronic support measures
(ESM), electronic attack (EA), integrated EW command and control, and secure IP-based communications. Its Modular Electronic
Warfare System (MEWS) forms the basis of the ESM component of
the overall solution, which is supplemented by situational awareness software technology provided by product partner QinetiQ
(Farnborough, Hampshire, UK) - R. Scott
❍ Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM)
has issued a request for proposals for a stand-off jamming system. The program, known as GÖLGE (which
roughly translates to mean "shadow" or "silhouette"),
includes many aspects, such as procuring the system,
integrating and installing the system into the host platform, as well as spares and integrated logistical support.
The scope of the contract also includes constructing
barracks and buildings where the system will be maintained. Proposals are due February 23. The program
point of contact is Erkmen OZCELIK, Project Manager,
phone 00 90 312 411 95 28, e-mail email@example.com.
❍ An advanced electronic warfare suite, developed by
India's Defence Avionics Research Establishment
(DARE), a Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO) laboratory specializing in avionics
and electronic warfare systems for combat aircraft, flew
for the first time last month onboard the "Tejas-PV1"
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). The EW suite comprises
both radar warning and jamming capabilities, which Ms.
J Manjula, OS and Director DARE, noted is the first Indian
fighter aircraft to be so equipped. "It has the capability
for both radar warning and jamming using a Unified EW
Technology, and over the coming few months, (we) will
be scheduling further sorties to evaluate the system in
various signal scenarios." It is expected that the DRDO
will also be supporting development of advanced EW
systems for other Indian Air Force (IAF) combat aircraft
such as the MIG-29, Sukhoi-30 Mk1, and Mirage-2000.
Indian Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, has repeatedly noted that by upgrading the IAF's Sukhoi-30 MKI
fighters with new EW suites, the platform would become
a viable alternative to buying 126 Dassault Rafale aircraft for the country's stalled Medium Multi-Role Combat
Aircraft (MMRCA) requirement.
❍ Through a subcontract from shipbuilder Saab, Exelis
(Morgan Hill, CA) has been awarded a $17 million
contract to provide Swedish submarines with the latest model of its ES-3701 ESM system. According to the
company, the ES-3701 uses a circular array interferometer antenna to provide precise direction finding
over a 360-degree azimuth and at high elevation while
maintaining a 100 percent probability of interception.
"Through digital technology and modern signal processing, the system intercepts, measures and identifies complex signals, (including Frequency Modulated
Continuous Wave) in dense RF environments even in the
presence of interfering signals." a
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - February 2015
The View From Here
From the President
Maritime SIGINT: Shipborne Ears for the “Five Eyes”
Technology Survey: Analog-to-Digital Converters
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - February 2015