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world
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SINGAPORE HOLDS FIRST
EW CONFERENCE

Approximately 240 EW professionals
from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe
and the US met January 17-18 in Singapore at the inaugural Electronic Warfare
Singapore conference organized by the
AOC and Clarion Events. Regional cooperation, new EMS-based operational
concepts and advanced electronic warfare (EW) technology were among the
themes discussed during the event.
Rear Admiral Simon Williams OBE, RN
(Ret.), set the tone for the conference by
providing an overview of the evolution
of warfare, from massed manpower and
industrial use of firepower up to and
including the most recent trend toward
Hybrid Warfare. Today's military professionals, he said, face the challenge of
operating across multiple generations of
warfare. The EW Community is adapting

to these changes with new ideas, such
as NATO recognizing the Electromagnetic Environment (EME) as a discrete warfighting environment in its EW Future
Concept. He also discussed alliances and
coalitions, which was significant for a
region with few formal military connections. He said that perceptions of operating in the EME will be very different
across a coalition, and that the EME
needs "national voices" in order to be
successful in a coalition environment.
New operational concepts were a
major focus area of the conference. Maj
Chris Fogarty, 14th Signal Regiment
(Electronic Warfare), British Army, discussed the transition from" yesterday's"
tactical EW to "today's" Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) concept. Jan
Peters of Plath gave his perspectives on
the "synergies and differences for EW
and cyber."

The conference also included a large
number of technology briefings. Dr. Sue
Robertson of EW Defence Ltd. gave an overview of active electronically scanned array
(AESA) radars and the challenges they pose
to EW systems. Professor Amit Mehta of
Swansea University in the UK discussed the
advantages of adaptive antennas and their
application to EW. Closing out the conference, Professor David Stupples of the University of London discussed the changing
role of technology in urban terrorism. He
described some of the technologies available
to terrorists, and the ability of governments
to monitor the EMS, conduct cyber-based intelligence collection, collate intelligence in
an urban setting and how Big Data analytics
can help to bring this intelligence together.
He also discussed how EW can be used to
counter some of the technologies, such as
commercial drones, that terrorists can use
for their operations. - J. Knowles

The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2017

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IN BRIEF

* Norway has indicated that it wants to

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buy five P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol
aircraft from US manufacturer Boeing
via Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channels. The aircraft will be equipped
with ALQ-240 ESM systems, as well as
AAQ-24(V)N directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) systems. The aircraft will also be fitted with MX-20HD
EO/IR systems, AN/AAQ-2(V)1 acoustic
systems, AN/APY-10 radars and Multifunctional Distribution System Joint
Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS).
The estimated value of the deal is $1.75
billion. Norway has operated P-3 Orion
aircraft for the past 40 years.
India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
(HAL) has issued invitations to several
EW companies to bid on the EW suite
for India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft,
according to several press reports. In
mid-December, HAL issued invitations
to Thales of France, Sweden's Saab, Indra of Spain, Raytheon in the US and
Elbit and Elta of Israel. HAL plans to

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acquire 24 EW suites from the selected
contractor and manufacture another
48 in India under license. In other program news, HAL also issued invitations
to several companies to supply a similar number of AESA radars for the Tejas program. Invitations were issued to
Thales, Saab, Raytheon, Elta and Russia's Rosoboronexport.
The Netherlands has issued a contract to
Sweden's BAE Systems Hägglunds for
testing and verification of Israel Military Industries' Iron Fist active protection systems (APS) for CV90 Infantry
Fighting Vehicles (IFVs). BAE Systems,
acting as systems integrator on the
Dutch CV9035 IFVs, will also carry future installation of the iron Fist system
on the program. "During this test phase
we will pre-qualify the active system
against our threat specification, and
together with our partners analyze system safety and prepare for its integration onto our CV9035NL vehicles," said
Hans de Goeij, project manager at the
Netherlands Defence Materiel Organ-

*

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isation, Ministry of Defence, in a press
release. "We expect to make a decision
on the next phase by early 2018. With
Iron Fist, the Netherlands is expected
to become the first NATO country with
an Active Protection System of its kind
on combat vehicles." 
China's newest signals intelligence
(SIGINT) ship, CNS Kaiyangxing (hull
number 856), became operational last
month. The new 6,000-ton Type 185A
electronic reconnaissance vessel has
joined a combat support flotilla of the
North Sea Fleet stationed at the eastern port of Qingdao, the China Daily
said. The People's Liberation Army Navy
(PLAN) now operates six SIGINT ships.
South Korea's Ministry of Defense
said last month that it plans to develop a laser system that can shoot down
aerial drones, such as those sent over
its border by North Korea. According
to the ministry, the military estimates
that North Korea operates approximately 300 reconnaissance drones, as
well as 10 "weaponized" drones. a



JED - February 2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - February 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Asia-Pacific SIGINT Programs
Technology Survey: Analog-to-Digital Converters
Operator 101
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick LookThe
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JED - February 2017 - The View From Here
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JED - February 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - February 2017 - Courses Calendar
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JED - February 2017 - From the President
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JED - February 2017 - The Monitor
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