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world repor t SAAB RECEIVES COUNTERMEASURES DISPENSERS CONTRACT FOR GRIPEN SELEX ES, SAAB, PARTNER ON EWOS BUSINESS Finmeccanica - Selex ES (Luton, UK) and Saab AB (Järfallä, Sweden) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the two companies will collaborate on the provision of Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) solutions. The initial focus of the partnership will be on markets where both companies already have common customer sets to offer a more seamless and integrated service. Future developments could see Selex ES and Saab work together to open up markets where one partner already has an established presence. EWOS is the aggregate product of mission support tools, qualified personnel, specialized training and infrastructures that enables operators to maximize the performance and value of their EW systems. Selex ES has already provided such facilities to a number of different export countries, based on its long experience working with the UK Ministry of Defence. Potential future customers could include those countries selecting Saab's aircraft. Selex ES already has a dedicated EWOS center in Lincoln, UK, that offers all aspects of EW support for the company's international and UKbased customers. Under the terms of the MoU, Saab and Selex ES will work together to identify opportunities for developing partnered EWOS solutions providing customers with a sovereign support capability. - R. Scott ❍ The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to procure small arms fire detection systems (SAFDSs) for its medium-lift helicopter fleet. The IAF issued a request for information in November and is selecting original equipment manufacturers that will be invited to submit bids in response to a forthcoming request for proposals. According to the RFI, the IAF is seeking "strap-on" SAFDS solutions that can be used on multiple helicopter types. The system must be lightweight and capable of day/night and all-weather operation. The display should provide direction of fire and (preferably) identify the caliber of fire being directed at the helicopter. Russia's Kazan Helicopters, which manufactures the Mi-17s in service with the IAF, will integrate the SAFDS onto the aircraft. ❍ The Royal Australian Air Force is believed to be modernizing its airborne SIGINT fleet with the acquisition of a Gulfstream G550 aircraft that will be modified for SIGINT missions. Australia currently flies at least one AP-3C aircraft that is dedicated to SIGINT collection, although other aircraft in its AP-3C fleet are also believed to use SIGINT kits that can be swapped among aircraft. With the anticipated arrival of P-8A Poseidon aircraft and MQ-4C Triton UAVs (both models will provide a SIGINT capability), the entire AP-3C fleet will be retired. This has provided an opportunity for the RAAF to acquire a new dedicated SIGINT aircraft that is more capable and less expensive to operate than the AP-3C SIGINT aircraft. In late December, the US Air Force's Big Safari Program (645th Aeronautical Systems Group) awarded a $93.6 million Foreign Military Sale contract to L-3 Communications Mission Integration (Greenville, TX) for "Australia Government G550 aircraft procurement and maintenance." This is thought to include buying and converting a G550 into a SIGINT configuration. ❍ Saab AB has been awarded a £1.1 million, fouryear contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide support, repairs, spares and post-design services for the BOL 300 series countermeasures dispenser system. The BOL 300 system - in its BOL 304A variant - equips Royal Air Force Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft. a The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2016 Saab has secured a SEK 223 million (US$26 million) contract from Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and series production of BOL and BOP countermeasures dispensers for the JAS 39 Gripen fighter. The order, which covers work through to 2020, supports development and series production of countermeasures dispensers for chaff and flares for both the current Gripen C/D and the new-generation Gripen E. According to Saab, the FMV order covers the development and manufacture of a new internally installed variant of the BOL dispenser system. Designated as the BOL-700 series, this latest instantiation retains full commonality with existing chaff and infrared BOL payloads, but for the first time enables the launcher equipment to be carried internally so as to have no impact on the radar cross section or aerodynamic performance of the host aircraft. The internal BOL-700 dispenser has been designed to maintain commonality with the existing BOL countermeasures format, but adopts a revised ejector mechanism that dispenses countermeasures sideways (rather than aft) through the boundary layer and into the airstream. FMV has selected the BOL-700 series dispenser for the Swedish Air Force's new Gripen E multi-role fighter; the specific BOL-739 variant - "39" as the identifier for JAS 39 - will be fitted into pylon stations 2 and 3. Saab's contract with FMV also covers the supply of the pyrotechnicallyoperated BOP dispenser. - R. Scott IN BRIEF 21

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Alternatives to Positioning, Navigation and Timing
Future Operating Environment 2035
Technology Survey: FPGA Boards
The Heat is On
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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