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AIRBUS, HUNEED TECHNOLOGIES TEAM ON MISSILE WARNER FOR SURION
Airbus Defence and Space (Ulm, Germany) has partnered with South Korea's
Huneed Technologies Co Ltd (Songdo,
Incheon) to provide the Republic of Korea Army's (RoKA's) new KUH-1 Surion
Korean Utility Helicopter with a UV missile approach warner system.
The two companies signed a KRW1.5
billion (US$1.32 million) production cooperation contract in late February. Under the cooperation agreement, Huneed
Technologies will produce core electron-
ics components of the Surion AN/AAR60(V) MILDS missile warning system,
which is manufactured by Airbus.
The KUH program was launched in
June 2006 to meet the RoKA's requirement for a new utility helicopter to replace ageing UH-1H and 500MD types.
Airbus Defence and Space has, since
2007, been awarded a series of contracts
by the Korean MOD's Defense Acquisition Program Administration and Korea
Aerospace Industries to develop and
manufacture a MILDS-based missile
warning system for Surion.
For Airbus Defence and Space, the
tie-up with Huneed Technologies meets
a production contract offset obligation
requiring a partnership with local industry. As part of the agreement, Huneed
expects to extend its involvement to
cover the manufacture of the complete
missile warner production package to
meet KUH offsets for both domestic and
overseas customers after 2016. - R. Scott
The Journal of Electronic Defense | April 2015
❍ Rheinmetall Defence (Düsseldorf, Germany) exhibited at
the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi in late February, where it introduced two new payload options for its Multi Ammunition
Softkill System (MASS) shipborne decoy equipment. The
company has partnered with UK-based Airborne Systems
to develop a new Offboard Corner Reflector (OCR) countermeasure, which is a fast-inflating, metallic mesh corner reflector. The OCR is deployed at range from a 102 mm
rocket fired from a twin barrel set installed atop the main
MASS launcher assembly. Measurement trials of the OCR
payload were performed by the German Navy in 2014 from
the K 130 corvette FGS Magdeburg. The system is due to
complete qualification later in 2015. To address the emerging threat from millimeter-wave (mmW) radar seekers,
Rheinmetall has introduced a dedicated Omni-Trap countermeasure. This contains chaff cut to three millimetric
wavelengths between 34-40 GHz so as to create a broadband mmW response.
❍ Airbus Defence and Space has been contracted by
Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment,
Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
to supply 36 VPJ-R6 vehicle counter-improvised explosive
device (C-IED) jammers for vehicle protection. According
to the company, the VPJ-R6 system uses ultra-fast responsive jamming technology to substantially enhance protection compared to conventional C-IED systems. Digital
receiver and signal processing techniques enable reaction
times of well below a millisecond to be achieved; up to
750,000 threat signals in all common frequency bands can
be detected and jammed each second.
❍ The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) graduated its first
five aviators from the EA-18G training pipeline at Naval Air
Station Whidbey Island on Feb. 27. The RAAF is slated to
begin Growler operations in 2017, and it has been training
with US Navy Growler squadrons, beginning with VAQ-129,
the Navy's Fleet Replenishment Squadron.
South Africa's GEW Technologies (part of Airbus Defense
and Space) and Denel's newly established Integrated
Systems and Maritime (ISM) division have formed an alliance to address future South African electronic warfare
opportunities. Denel ISM will "manage the implementation of the agreement and drive the projects and programs that will form the core of its activities," according
to a joint statement.
Diehl BGT Defence (Überlingen, Germany) signed an
exclusive teaming agreement with Orbital ATK (Woodland
Hills, CA) that covers marketing and manufacturing of the
AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radar Guided Missile (AARGM) in
Germany. The deal is aimed at supporting German manufacturing workshare should the Bundeswehr choose to procure the AARGM for use on Luftwaffe aircraft.
France's Directorate-General of Armaments (DGA) has
awarded a contract to Airbus Defence and Space for the
first phase of an estimated €450 million (US$487 million) program to build and deploy three signals intelligence (SIGINT) satellites into orbit under the Capacité
de Renseignement Electromagnétique d'origine Spatiale
(CERES) program. Thales will develop the SIGINT payloads
and Thales Alenia Space will provide the launch platform.
The CERES program follows several years of evaluating the
ESSAIM and ELISA demonstrators. The first CERES satellite
is due to begin operations in 2020.
Turkey's Aselsan has opened a new $157 million electronic warfare and radar production facility in Ankara.
The plant will manufacture modules for radar and EW
systems and is part of a national strategy to limit foreign content and technology transfer restrictions in its
defense electronics systems. a
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - April 2015
The View From Here
From the President
Honoring the Prowler
Technology Survey: Low Noise Amplifiers
Preview: EW Europe 2015
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - April 2015