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By Martin Streetly

The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2013

28

Looking at Europe’s economic and political
situation in the second quarter of 2013,
all but the most optimistic of observers would concede that the immediate
future offers a very bleak prospect. At
the heart of the dilemma is the ongoing
fallout from the previous decade’s banking crisis that has effectively shut off
economic growth across the continent,
brought the Euro Zone to the brink of
collapse, driven an ever widening wedge
between the rich north and the poorer
south and has caused so much pain and
distress amongst the continent’s citizenry
as to see the re-emergence of political
extremism not seen since the end of the
Second World War. Against such a backdrop (and with “austerity” as the new
political Holy Grail), it is hardly surprising that Europe’s spending on defense
is at best static if not declining, with
even established programs coming under
threat as governments try to save money.
Again, the ending of Europe’s involvement
in military operations in Afghanistan
is starting to impact on procurement,
and it is against this backdrop that the
following survey attempts to sketch in
the nature and direction of European
Electronic Warfare (EW) in the months
and years ahead.

THE STALWART NORTH
At the time of writing, Europe’s defense electronics base remained relatively strong, despite the difficulties of

the times, with contractors operating in
a wide range of countries including Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland,
Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United
Kingdom (UK). In order, Denmark’s
Terma has carved a niche for itself with
an innovative range of EW packages
built into fast jet weapons pylons, with
other products including naval decoy
launchers and the Electronic Warfare
Management System (EWMS, known as
AN/ALQ-213(V) in the US), which fuses
disparate and frequency-legacy subsystems into a unified control and display
architecture. To-date, EWMS has found
customers across the globe and forms

part of the US Air Force’s Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite (CAPES)
that is slated for application into approximately 300 of the service’s Block
40/42/50/52 F-16s.
France’s national champion has to
be the Thales Group, which also operates in the UK. For their parts, Thales
France’s business units offer a product portfolio that includes tri-service
communications and radar electronic
support measures (CESM/RESM) and
communications intelligence and electronic intelligence (COMINT/ELINT) systems, defensive aids suites (DAS) and
threat warners. Much of Thales France’s


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JED - May 2013

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 Monitor
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JED - May 2013 - The Long Hard Road – EW’s Future in Europe
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JED - May 2013 - Technology Survey: Signal Generators
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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
JED - May 2013 - JED Quick Look
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