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Looking to the future, Selex ES
benefits from its commanding position in the Praetorian program which
supports (and will for some time yet,
continue to support), Typhoon fast
jets operated by the UK, Saudi Arabia
and most recently, the Royal Omani
Air Force. Again, the company can
look forward to continued support for
legacy equipment, such as Sky Guardian and Sky Shadow, not to mention
future airborne DIRCM work.

While Selex ES can look forward to
the next few years with a degree of
equanimity, the same may not be true
for the UK’s expendables champion,
Chemring. Like BAE Systems, Chemring
has benefitted enormously from both
its acquisitions in the US and the demands of the campaigns in Iraq and
Afghanistan. As a major IR decoy manufacturer, Chemring has seen these
campaigns drive countermeasures
flare procurement to record levels.

The end of coalition involvement in
southwest Asia will obviously severely
impact on such acquisitions once war
stocks have been replenished, leaving
companies such as Chemring exposed.
Fortunately, the organization has a diversified product range that includes
airborne and naval devices and, most
recently, has teamed with Raytheon
Missile Systems to develop a low-cost,
missile-based capability that will allow
warships to defend themselves against
surface threats such as high-speed
inshore attack craft. Here, Chemring
brings its Centurion multi-mission
launch system to the table, with the
partners expecting the application to
include at least two missile options.
Most recently, the described application was being reported as being in its
integration engineering phase and being scheduled for live-fire testing during 2013.

SLOW AND STEADY MODERNIZATION
While the foregoing is at best a gallop through a highly complex industry
in a highly complex market, takeaways
would seem to include a sense that despite there being little chance of even
a medium-term economic recovery in
Europe, legacy system sustainment
and/or upgrade will continue and will
probably become more important as
budgets for new-builds remain static
or shrink. Again (and in most cases),
the necessary restructuring for survival appears to be both understood
and ongoing (which is not to say that
Europe will not see further defense
contractor consolidation), while the
willingness of both France and the UK
to involve themselves in contingency
operations such as Libya and Mali will
require an industrial base from which
to resupply. While there can be no
doubt that Europe’s EW contractor base
is going to be squeezed as much as any
other sector of the defense industry,
it is used to small production runs and
lean times, factors which may well see
it emerge in reasonable shape from the
long dark tunnel that is today’s European economy. a

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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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