JED - May 2014 - 28

By Luca Peruzzi

The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2014

28

While European governments struggle
with austerity budgets that have imposed
tough decisions on defense budgets, the
operational lessons from Afghanistan,
Iraq and Libya cannot be ignored. Caught
in between these two forces, Europe's
helicopter fleets must modernize to meet
evolving radar, laser and infrared threat
technology while remaining affordable.
Helicopters operate at medium and low
altitudes, which puts them in range of
infrared-guided man-portable air defense
systems (IR MANPADS), radar-guided surface-to-air missiles, laser rangefinders
and laser-guided weapons. While in the
past these types of threats were relegated
to specific theaters of operations, decades
of proliferation means that helicopters
today may face anything from an SA-7
or SA-24 IR MANPADS to an EO/IR/RF
SA-22 Greyhound in many theaters around
the world.
These threats require advanced
EW technology, as well as trained and
knowledgeable equipment maintainers.
European defense electronics industries
are therefore offering packages that provide the equipment and EW operational
support (EWOS) both for national and
export requirements, with the aim to
enhance protection by providing adequate knowledge and training.

UK
The UK operates several types of helicopters that serve in various roles. Many
of these helicopters are being upgraded or
replaced. Last January, AgustaWestland
won the MOD contract for the Merlin Life
Sustainment Programme (MLSP), which
will see the upgrade of 25 AW101 Merlin
Mk3 and Mk3A helicopters before they
are transferred from the Royal Air Force

to the Royal Navy to replace the latter's
ageing Sea King Mk 4 platforms when
they are retired in 2016. The British
Army's Apache AH Mk1 attack helicopter
fleet is being serviced under a separate
five-year Apache Integrated Operational
Support (IOS) contract awarded to
AgustaWestland. The MOD wants to
extend the life of its Apaches through
2040. The UK's fleet of Chinook transport
helicopters will boost to 46 aircraft, with
deliveries of the latest Mk6 version. The
Puma fleet is being upgraded to the Mk2
version, which provides a new digital
cockpit among other improvements. The
Royal Navy is also enhancing its helicopter capabilities with the introduction
into service of the AW159 Wildcat and an
extensive upgrade program to bring the
Merlin Mk1 to the latest Mk2 standard for
anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface
warfare (ASuW) missions.
In parallel with these airframe and
avionics upgrades, the MOD is providing enhanced EW capabilities via the
Helicopter Integrated Defense Aids
System (HIDAS) from Selex ES.
The UK is developing its next-generation helicopter EW capability under the
Common DAS Technology Demonstrator
Program (CDAS TDP) project, a threeyear partnership between the MOD and
a Selex ES-led industry team comprising
Thales, QinetiQ and BAE Systems North
America. The CDAS TDP has developed
an architecture that can easily integrate
the different multispectral sensors and
countermeasures that can be tailored for
a given helicopter and mission. A flexible, open-architecture approach with
standardized interfaces is being developed, together with a common approach
to programming.

As part of the CDAS TDP, the MOD has
investigated development and capabilities
of DIRCM and hostile fire indication (HFI)
systems to meet UK sovereign needs.
Based on Selex's next-generation compact lightweight pointer-tracker and the
multi-watt, multi-band Type 160 laser, the
company has introduced the Miysis DIRCM
system to satisfy both UK and export
customers. The Miysis DIRCM is in the
final production qualification phase, and



JED - May 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2014

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview
European Helicopter EW
Advanced ASE And ESM Already On Some US Helicopters
Ground-Based COMINT Solutions
Fighting the Kill Chain: Concepts and Methods of Electronic Attack
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - May 2014 - cover1
JED - May 2014 - cover2
JED - May 2014 - 3
JED - May 2014 - 4
JED - May 2014 - 5
JED - May 2014 - The View From Here
JED - May 2014 - 7
JED - May 2014 - Conferences Calendar
JED - May 2014 - 9
JED - May 2014 - Courses Calendar
JED - May 2014 - 11
JED - May 2014 - From the President
JED - May 2014 - 13
JED - May 2014 - 14
JED - May 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2014 - 17
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JED - May 2014 - Washington Report
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JED - May 2014 - World Report
JED - May 2014 - Interview
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JED - May 2014 - 27
JED - May 2014 - European Helicopter EW
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JED - May 2014 - Advanced ASE And ESM Already On Some US Helicopters
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JED - May 2014 - 43
JED - May 2014 - Ground-Based COMINT Solutions
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JED - May 2014 - 48
JED - May 2014 - 49
JED - May 2014 - Fighting the Kill Chain: Concepts and Methods of Electronic Attack
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JED - May 2014 - EW 101
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JED - May 2014 - AOC News
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JED - May 2014 - 64
JED - May 2014 - Index of Advertisers
JED - May 2014 - JED Quick Look
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