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The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2014

COMMON JAMMING POD FOR RAF TORNADO GR.4s
Selex ES has been contracted by
the UK Ministry of Defence for the
development, test and qualification of a new Common Jamming Pod
(CJP) to equip the Royal Air Force's
(RAF's) Tornado GR.4 ground attack
aircraft fleet.
Based on the recapitalization
and re-architecture of existing Skyshadow-2 pods, the £26 million CJP
program addresses an Urgent Capability Requirement to restore and
sustain the RF self-protection capability of the Tornado GR.4 through
to its planned March 2019 out-ofservice date.
Although the CJP retains the
shell of the Tornado's legacy Skyshadow-2 pod, it is largely a new
system within. The receiver chain
is replaced, the legacy Programmer
Electronic Control unit is superseded by a new digital control unit, a
new Core TG digital techniques generator is introduced, Travelling Wave
Tube transmitters are removed and
updated, and new waveguides and

switching units are be installed. In
addition, two Towed Radar Decoys -
identical to those already in service
with the Eurofighter Typhoon - are
incorporated in the aft part of the
pod together with their associated
power supply.
Prototype hardware from a previous Selex ES demonstrator program,
known as Loki, is to be used by QinetiQ to expedite flight clearance
during 2014. First flight trials of the
CJP itself are due to start later this
year, with delivery and Initial Operating Capability on the front-line
planned for late 2015. - R. Scott

IN BRIEF
MASS (St. Neots, Cambridgeshire,
UK) has sold its THURBON EW data
management system to the Royal
Thai Air Force (RTAF), the company announced. The RTAF will use
THURBON to manange and re-program threat data for the EW systems
on the 12 JAS-39 Gripen fighters
that it has bought from Saab.

Fully functional BriteCloud expendable decoys have been successfully tested in a series
of end-to-end live trials, according to Selex ES
(Luton, Bedfordshire, UK). The active RF decoys
were dispensed from an undisclosed fighter aircraft against a ground-based fire control radar.
The BriteCloud evaluations were conducted at an undisclosed test range in February.
Equipped with a test-tracking device to find
them once they hit the ground, the BriteCloud
flight-test models performed as planned, on
each occasion detecting the threat radar and
jamming it with the decoy's embedded DRFM
jammer, Selex reported. The fire control radar's
lock on the fighter aircraft was immediately
broken, and it subsequently tracked the decoy
until it impacted the ground, the company added. All the live trials activities were recorded
by a SAGE ESM system. No special flight clearances were required to carry and launch the
BriteCloud expendable active decoy, as the latter has a form factor which is the same size
and shape as a 55-mm countermeasures flare,
without specific modifications to the aircraft
hardware and software.
The successful live flight trials were needed
to support the company's decision t begin production. Next steps are planned flight trails on
Saab's JAS-39 Gripen this summer. The BriteCloud will be ejected by Saab-manufactured
internal wing pylon-mounted chaff and flare
Saab dispensers.
Selex ES launched BriteCloud in November
in conjunction with its launch partner Saab,
which is offering the decoy as an EW enhancement option with its entire range of Gripen version platforms. BriteCloud is initially targeted
for aircraft fitted with 55-mm flare cartridge
dispensers users, namely the Gripen, Typhoon
and Tornado. Selex ES also is understood to
be exploring, together with specialist Danish
company Terma, the possibility to demonstrate
BriteCloud on an F-16, thanks to Terma's development of a 55-mm magazine that fits into
current F-16 dispenser systems, such as ALE-47.
- L. Peruzzi a



JED - June 2014

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
50 Years of Airborne SIGINT
ACE Program Lays Out Plans for New EW Capabilities
Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
EW 101
NAWCWD Hosts 43rd Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - June 2014 - cover1
JED - June 2014 - cover2
JED - June 2014 - 3
JED - June 2014 - 4
JED - June 2014 - 5
JED - June 2014 - The View From Here
JED - June 2014 - 7
JED - June 2014 - Conferences Calendar
JED - June 2014 - 9
JED - June 2014 - Courses Calendar
JED - June 2014 - 11
JED - June 2014 - From the President
JED - June 2014 - 13
JED - June 2014 - 14
JED - June 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2014 - 17
JED - June 2014 - 18
JED - June 2014 - 19
JED - June 2014 - World Report
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JED - June 2014 - 50 Years of Airborne SIGINT
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JED - June 2014 - ACE Program Lays Out Plans for New EW Capabilities
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JED - June 2014 - Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
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JED - June 2014 - EW 101
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JED - June 2014 - NAWCWD Hosts 43rd Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium
JED - June 2014 - AOC News
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JED - June 2014 - Index of Advertisers
JED - June 2014 - JED Quick Look
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