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2007-2008 global financial crisis stalled
progress. Only in November 2013 did a
meeting of NATO's Investment Committee in Brussels finally approve the JEWCS Capability Package (codified as CP
9A0700) and nominate the UK Ministry
of Defence, as territorial host nation, to
facilitate a competitive procurement activity through DE&S.
However, further delays meant that
the release of an invitation for bid to
industry, originally planned for June
2015, slipped back to September 2016.
Proposals were received in February
2017, with assessment currently ongoing in DE&S.

"We want to bring our equipment
up to date in order to ensure that we
deliver jamming and simulation effects
that are relevant to the modern EW environment," Dobson says. "At the same
time, we're looking for a total solution
that optimizes availability and support costs, provides greater flexibility
in operation, and can be rapidly reprogrammed and 'grown' to meet future capability requirements."
Under a separate Capability Package
(CP 9C0107), the NATO Communications
and Information Agency is finalizing
the procurement of the NATO Emitter
Database-Next Generation (NEDB-NG).

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A Mobile Intercept Jamming Asset (based in a Land Rover Defender vehicle) seen during Exercise
"Red Griffin 2017."
NATO JEWCS

The JEWCS Capability Package is
planned to include new airborne pods,
land/maritime EW cabins, and "smart"
pods to realize a new NATO Anti-Ship
Missile Defensive Evaluation Facility
(NASMDEF). NASMDEF pods will be used
to assess the effectiveness of soft-kill
countermeasures used by ships to defend against anti-ship missiles.
Alongside these hardware acquisitions, but no less important, are the
provision of a common mission planning/data preparation system, and a
debrief capability.
NATO has previously put an estimated cost of €140 million on the overall
program, which includes one year of
operating and maintenance (O&M) costs
for software and hardware after full system acceptance is achieved.

While the existing NEDB enables NATO
nations to share parametric data for
radar emitters, it runs on an ageing
MS Access 2000 database, and cannot
support the full functionality required
by NATO.
NEDB-NG is intended to address these
limitations so as to provide the alliance
with a more modern emitter database
supporting a parametric data library,
near-real-time data exchange, and enabling efficient transfer of relevant data
with other communities of interest (using a common exchange format). "The
peacetime function of the NEDB is as a
repository of parametric information,"
says Dobson. "NEDB-NG will include
communications as well as other parameters. In the fullness of time, we plan
to also use this [facility] for exercises

to improve the quality of the responses
we generate."

CAPABILITY SUSTAINMENT
In advance of the new equipment
Capability Package, JEWCS must make
the best of what it has, and take some
judicious decisions on where to commit
sustainment resources.
"Some legacy JEWCS training assets
have already been retired," says Sweetlove. "For example, our two NEWVANs
[land-based communications surveillance/jamming assets] are no longer
used. We no longer support the equipment and, in any case, there is no real
demand for using these shelter-based
assets - we have smaller, more mobile
assets that can do the same job. And,
one of the three TRACSVANs has now
been retired from service, stripped for
spares and placed in storage."
With the Capability Package just
over the horizon, it makes little sense
for JEWCS to seek significant additional
funding for major upgrades of the existing EW inventory. However, Sweetlove says, there has been opportunity
for technical staff to make the case for
carefully targeted expenditures within
the limits of the regular O&M budget.
"Until such time that the [Capability Package] arrives, I've instructed my
team to look at how they can engineer
low-cost equipment alterations should a
nation ask for a specific capability."
To this end, JEWCS technical staff
have pursued a rapid systems-engineering effort to use commercial offthe-shelf software defined radio (SDR)
technology in order to overcome component obsolescence affecting its legacy
communications EW inventory.
"This is very much an interim capability to help us deal with our current
obsolescence problems, and keep us
relevant to our customers," says Sweetlove. "We have used small amounts of
O&M funding to invest in the purchase
of SDR hardware [a combination of WiNRADiO products and Ettus Research
USRP devices] plus associated peripherals [filters, antennas and amplifiers].
"This technology, housed in ruggedized rack-mount enclosures, has
been combined with software written
in-house to deliver communications



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2018

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor - DOD Rolls Out $686 Billion FY2019 Budget
World Report - Russia Developing More Sophisticated Approach to EW
The Domain of the Tube – Millimeter Wave and Beyond
A Wild Weasel EWO Kills a SAM – from an AC-130E Gunship
Resilient and Ready: NATO JEWCS in Transition
EW 101
2018 AOC Industry & Institute/ University Member Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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