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ITALY’S DIRCM PROGRAM ON TRACK

The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2013

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IN BRIEF

The Italian Air Force and Elettronica are entering a busy phase of their ELT/572 directed IR countermeasures (DIRCM) test program this month. They will perform ground
tests of the single-turret configuration of the ELT/572 DIRCM integrated with an inservice missile warning system (MWS) this month. This will be followed by ground and
flight trials of the system in the final configuration with dual turrets and a MWS by
mid-year. The goal is to complete system qualification by the end of 2013.
The successful completion of upcoming ELT/572 ground tests will enable Elettronica
to launch production of the ELT/572’s dual-turret configuration ahead of final flight
trials. Deliveries of the first five dual-turret kits will begin in 2014. According to industry sources, the Italian Air Force plans to acquire enough DIRCM systems to outfit
approximately half of it transport, tanker and VIP aircraft fleets.
The Italian MOD’s General Directorate of Armaments awarded a €25.4 million threeyear contract to Elettronica in December 2010. The contract covers system development, ground and flight tests and the certification of a dual-turret ELT/572 DIRCM
configured suite for the Italian Air Force’s C-130J and C-27J transport aircraft and
AgustaWestland AW101 Combat SAR helicopters. A follow-on requirement for Boeing
B767A tanker and Government VIP aircraft is to be satisfied with a different configuration of the system.
Through the industrial cooperation between Elettronica and Elbit Systems Electro
Optics (ELOP), the ELT/572 DIRCM is based on a fiber laser. Elettronica’s ELT/572 dual
turret configuration, which can hand off threats between the turrets as the aircraft
maneuvers, provides multiple engagement capability.
Elettronica, in cooperation with AAI’s UK-based ESL Defence Limited, is providing a
modular, scalable test bed with the capability to develop and test any DIRCM configuration against present and emerging threats. The German MOD evaluated the DIRCM
system in July 2012 at its Bundeswehr Technical Center for Protective And Special
Technologies (WTD52) test facility in Oberjettenberg, Bavaria. – L. Peruzzi

❍ ITT Exelis (Clifton, NJ) has
received a $102 million contract
to supply its ES-3701 radar ESM
suite for the Royal Australian
Navy’s (RAN’s) ANZAC frigates and
Canberra-Class LHD ships. In 2010,
the RAN selected the ES-3701
for its Hobart-Class Air Warfare
Destroyers.
❍ The Republic of Korea Air Force has
selected the Raytheon Advanced
Combat Radar (RACR) for its
KF-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon
fleet. Raytheon will deliver 134
active electronically scanned array
radar systems with deliveries
anticipated to start in late 2016.
❍ Last month’s Latin American
Aerospace and Defense (LAAD)
exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
saw several defense contractors
from Europe and Israel announcing
partnerships with local Brazilian
companies. IAI’s subsidiary, ELTA
Systems Ltd., announced that
it had signed “an agreement of
investment and cooperation” with
Brazilian electronics company
IACIT. Selex Electronic Systems
of Italy signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with AEL Sistemas,
an Elbit subsidiary in Brazil. The
two companies will collaborate on
a broad range of M-scan airborne
radar technologies and products.
Also, Saab AB of Sweden established a partnership with Força
Delta Equipamentos Militares.
The Brazilian company will manufacture Saab Barracuda’s line of
multi-spectral camouflage equipment such as tents. Saab also
announced that it has received an
additional order from the Brazilian
government for the upgrade of the
Brazilian Air Force’s Erieye AEW&C
Mission System (which is hosted
on an Embraer 145 aircraft and
known as the E-99). a

SOME OFFERINGS REVEALED IN ROK FIGHTER PROGRAM
New details have emerged about The
Republic of Korea’s (ROK’s) upcoming
procurement of 60 new fighter aircraft
under the country’s FX-III program. The
ROK has narrowed the field of contenders
to Eurofighter’s Typhoon, Boeing’s F-15
Silent Eagle and Lockheed Martin’s F-35
Lightning II.
The US Government last month disclosed some additional information about
the F-15 and F-35 bids. The F-15 option
calls for the ROK Air Force to buy 60 Silent Eagle aircraft via Direct Commercial
Sales channels from Boeing. FMS support
for the F-15 option includes 60 each Digital EW Systems (DEWS) from BAE Systems
(Nashua, NH), AESA radars (supplier to be
determined), AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Targeting
Systems from Lockheed Martin and AN/

AAS-42 Infrared Search and Track (IRST)
systems from Lockheed Martin. Other
FMS equipment includes 132 UHF/VHF
Have Quick II radios, 69 Link-16 terminals, GEM-V GPS receivers and the Joint
Mission Planning System. The estimated
value of this FMS package is $2.4 billion.
The F-35 option would see the ROKAF buy the Conventional Take-Off and
Landing variant of the aircraft fitted
with EW systems from BAE Systems and
Northrop Grumman, infrared flares from
Chemring Countermeasures USA and a
reprogramming center as well as other
equipment. The estimated cost of the
F-35 FMS package is $10.8 billion. The
fighter that is eventually selected by
the ROKAF will replace its aging fleet of
F-4 aircraft. – J. Knowles


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
The Monitor
The Long Hard Road – EW’s Future in Europe
Technology Survey: Signal Generators
Two Domains Are Better Than One
Preview: AOC 50th Anniversary
EW 101
Book Review
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - May 2013 - The View From Here
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JED - May 2013 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - May 2013 - Courses Calendar
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JED - May 2013 - From the President
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JED - May 2013 - Letters
JED - May 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2013 - The Long Hard Road – EW’s Future in Europe
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JED - May 2013 - Two Domains Are Better Than One
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JED - May 2013 - Preview: AOC 50th Anniversary
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JED - May 2013 - EW 101
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JED - May 2013 - Book Review
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JED - May 2013 - AOC News
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JED - May 2013 - Index of Advertisers
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