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world repor t AUSTRALIAN DEFENSE PLAN INCLUDES LONG-RANGE AIRBORNE EW SUPPORT AIRCRAFT The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2016 28 The Australian government has confirmed plans to invest in a new fleet of long-range EW support aircraft based on a modified Gulfstream G550 commercial business jet platform. Announced as part of the 2016 Defence White Paper unveiled on February 25, the acquisition plan for up to five G550s includes an initial two aircraft purchased in late 2015 under a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case. This new electronic intelligence capability, under Project AIR 555, is intended to enter service from the early 2020s to replace role-fit electronic collection suites fitted to modified Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft. According to the Defence White Paper, the capability provided by the aircraft "will substantially enhance electronic warfare support to naval, air and land forces for operations in electromagnetic environments manipulated by hostile forces, with the operating cost, range and endurance benefits of a commercial airframe." It adds: "The [up to five G550] aircraft will be acquired in two tranches and incrementally upgraded to maintain commonality with the United States-developed systems for long-term supportability and to maintain interoperability." The Integrated Investment Program released in conjunction with the Defence White Paper estimates the overall cost of the G550 long-range EW support aircraft acquisition and modification program at AUS$2 - AUS$3 billion. The acquisition phase will run from 2017 to 2024. L-3 Communications Mission Integration (Greenville, TX) was in December 2015 awarded a US$93.6 million task order for the procurement and maintenance of two Gulfstream G550 aircraft for the Australian government. The FMS contract was awarded by the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group (WrightPatterson Air Force Base, OH). FINMECCANICA WINS INDONESIAN HAWK 200 RWR UPGRADE Finmeccanica's Airborne and Space Systems division (the former Selex ES business based in Luton, UK) has been awarded a contract to supply its SEER radar warning receiver (RWR) for the upgrade of Indonesian Air Force (TNIAU) Mk 209 Hawk lightweight fighters. The company has signed a contract with Singapore-based Aptronics PTE Ltd, prime contractor for the upgrade implementation. SEER will replace the legacy Sky Guardian 200 RWR on board the TNIAU Hawk aircraft. The Hawk 200 is a single seat multirole fighter variant of the Hawk 100 twoseat trainer. A total of 32 Mk 209 variants were supplied to the TNI-AU in the late 1990s by what was then British Aerospace; approximately half of these aircraft are thought to remain operational. Designed to detect pulse, pulse Doppler and continuous wave radar emissions, SEER covers the E-J band (2-18 GHz) in its baseline version and provides direction-finding accuracy of <10 deg RMS. Hardware comprises one compact signal processing unit, and two dual-channel wideband digital detector heads installed close to paired antennas. The number of SEER fits being supplied to Aptronics PTE has not been disclosed. However, Finmeccanica states that its supply contract "covers an initial batch of aircraft for current operations with an option to provide further systems in future." The TNI-AU Hawk 200 upgrade marks the first confirmed order for SEER for a fast jet application. Another instantiation of SEER, known as Sky Guardian 200-D, was last year ordered by the UK Ministry of Defence for the sustainment of RWR capability on the Royal Air Force's Puma and Chinook helicopter fleets. - R. Scott The Australian Department of Defence has subsequently confirmed that these aircraft will be modified to provide an airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare capability to support Australian Defence Force operations. L-3 Mission Integration will be responsible for airframe modifications, and the integration of the electronic support payload. Australia's new Defence White Paper also confirms plans to introduce 12 EA18G Growler aircraft from 2018, adding that these "will be periodically upgraded over their operational lives to maintain commonality with the Growler fleet operated by the United States". The RAAF's EA-18G Growler fleet is expected to remain in service for 20-30 years. New dedicated facilities will be built at RAAF Amberley, Queensland, to house and support the Growler capability. This capability will also be supported by facilities upgrades and base improvement works including RAAF Tindal in the Northern Territory, the Woomera range complex in South Australia, and the Delamere Air Weapons Range in the Northern Territory. - R. Scott IN BRIEF ❍ The United Arab Emirates has requested the sale of eight AN/ AAQ-24 (V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems for its C-17 transport aircraft. Each aircraft could receive a LAIRCM configuration comprising three Guardian Laser Transmitter Assemblies (GLTAs), six AAR-54 UV missile warning systems and one LAIRCM System Processor Replacement (LSPR). Including spares the total acquisition covers 37 GLTAs, 19 LSPRs and 74 AAR-54s. Northrop Grumman will supply the LAIRCM systems under the proposed sale, which is valued at $225 million. Several Arab states have previously bought US directed IR countermeasures systems for their head-of-state aircraft. a

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Detecting Next-Generation Emitters
Technology Survey: TWTs and MPMs
SIGINT History
EW 101
AOC News
2016 AOC Industry Member Guide
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