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The Army's acquisition of the AN/
ALQ-211 is not handled by the Army's
PM-ASE office, which manages technology development and acquisition for
service-wide EW programs. However,
as noted by PM-ASE Manager Col. John
Leaphart, his office does work closely
with the Technology Application Project Office (TAPO) at Fort Eustis, VA,
which is responsible for the acquisition
and development activities for the 160 th
Special Operations Regiment, including the AN/ALQ-211. Says Leaphart, "If

the 'Big-A' Army is going down a particular path, following that same path
becomes much more affordable for the
Regiment, and we therefore want to
stay closely linked with TAPO, but we
don't do things specifically for them."
Leaphart adds that, "The ALQ-211 is a
great system in that environment, and
does great things for the Regiment, but
it's not really a good fit, for the larger
Army. One factor is the cost. It's a relatively expensive system, so if we were
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aircraft that we're trying to equip, it
would rapidly become unaffordable for
the big Army to maintain."
There have been many variants of
the AN/ALQ-211 system developed and
fielded on a wide variety of aircraft
types. According to Hastings, there are
currently nine versions, with seven of
the nine still in production. The only
two variants not in production are the
original (V)1 version, which was once
intended for the AH-64 "Apache" but
later cut due to funding issues, and the
(V)3 version, which was intended for the
"Comanche" helicopter program before
it was cancelled in early 2004.
The (V)6 and (V)7 are the variants on
the Army's SOA MH-47 and MH-60 helicopters, respectively, and include precision radar warning, threat geolocation,
high-power jamming, advanced situation awareness and EW suite integration
with missile and laser warning, IR countermeasures and HFI.
As pointed out by Ken Hastings, Exelis Director of EW Programs, users don't
have to acquire the ALQ-211 system as a
full-up integrated RWR and jammer. "For
example," says Hastings, "the version of
the AN/ALQ-211 that we developed for
the Comanche helicopter was strictly an
RWR without a jamming capability."
Later, when the Army cancelled the
Comanche program, Exelis began to offer a version of the system internationally that combined RWR and ASE suite
control. This (V)5 version can be found
on Norwegian NH 90 multi-mission helicopters managing missile warning, laser
warning, and countermeasures dispensing systems. In the NH-90 configuration,
the system also includes an electronic
support measures (ESM) capability.
The ALQ-211 also incorporates networking functionality. Noting that some
of the Army's smaller helicopter platforms won't be able to carry a full complement of self-protection capability
themselves, Rambala says that through
the AN/ALQ-211's networked EW capabilities, "we can transfer situational
awareness information to these smaller
platforms that, for example, don't themselves have an RF jamming capability,
but which can use the information to
perform appropriate maneuvers to get
through or around a threat."


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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
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JED - May 2014 - 5
JED - May 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - May 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - May 2014 - Courses Calendar
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JED - May 2014 - From the President
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JED - May 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2014 - World Report
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JED - May 2014 - European Helicopter EW
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JED - May 2014 - EW 101
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JED - May 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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