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SAAB RECEIVES COUNTERMEASURES DISPENSERS CONTRACT
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
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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
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - February 2016
The View From Here
From the President
Alternatives to Positioning, Navigation and Timing
Future Operating Environment 2035
Technology Survey: FPGA Boards
The Heat is On
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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