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Cassidian’s Sky Buzzer fiber-optic towed decoy. (Cassidian image)

current work manifest supports France’s
armed services, with examples being
the integration of the podded ASTAC
system into the French Air Force’s Mirage 2000 and the likely development of
an A400M transport-aircraft-based rollon/roll-off signals intelligence (SIGINT)
capability with which to replace the
service’s current Gabriel tactical SIGINT
platforms when they come to the end of
their service lives towards the end of
this decade.
Elsewhere, the selection of Dassault’s Rafale fast jet for India’s nextgeneration Medium Multi-Role Combat
Aircraft (MMRCA) must be good news
for Thales in terms of radar and DAS
work associated with the 126 platform program, as must French President François Hollande’s maintenance
of France’s 2014 defence budget at
2013 levels (rather than the expected
1.2 percent cut) and his willingness
to engage in power projection opera-

tions, such as that currently ongoing
in Mali. France’s current willingness to
intervene in conflicts such as those in
Libya and Mali is mirrored by the UK’s
Cameron-Clegg administration.
Thales’ UK arm takes the form of the
old Racal and Vinten concerns and fields
a product range that includes airborne
dispenser systems and a wide range of
naval jammers and RESM systems. Like
its French counterpart, Thales UK is the
incumbent on the UK Royal Navy’s RESM
inventory and has been a key player in
the development of Thales’ latest generation of naval RESM equipments that
employ front-end digitization to provide
the performance needed for the evolving littoral environment. Here, signal
digitization at the antenna is said to
facilitate the majority of the necessary
receiver functions being implemented
as software and firmware algorithms,
thereby providing an inherent growth
path to keep pace with evolving threat

waveforms. Such technology (which has
been co-developed with the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) is being applied to a range of UK
Royal Navy surface ships (initially as
the Outfit UAT Mod 2 system) and is being developed for the export market under the interim designation Vigile DPX.
German capability in the EW field
resides in companies such as Cassidian
(EADS’ former defence electronics arm),
Plath and Rohde & Schwarz. In reverse
order, both Plath and Rohde & Schwarz
specialize in communications band EW,
with the two contractors offering product portfolios that include specialist
antennas, receivers, direction-finders,
analyzers, demodulators and specialist software tools. Both companies will
weather the downturn in that their
defense products can be readily integrated into architectures (rather than
being solely stand-alone) and are cushioned (to a greater or lesser extent) by


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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 - 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 - Index of Advertisers
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