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NEW RWR FOR ITALY'S NH90 HELOS MOVING FORWARD

The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2015

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Elettronica Group (Rome, Italy) is
progressing according to plans in a
15-month program to integrate, test
and qualify its lightweight and compact ELT/160 Radar Warning Receiver
(RWR) for the NHIndustries (Aix en
Provence, France) NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTHs) in service with
Italy's armed forces. The requirement
for an advanced lightweight RWR was
launched after the Libyan crisis operations, where the proliferation of modern
RF-guided Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM)
systems and today's electromagnetically
dense operational scenarios, characterized by advanced emitters being used
by both friendly and hostile platforms,
highlighted the urgent need for timely
and more reliable threat awareness. Following a thorough assessment in simulated operational scenarios, the NATO
Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) awarded Elettronica the (undisclosed-value) contract last October on
behalf of the Italian MoD.
Acting as the EW suite controller,
the ELT/160 is integrated with the Airbus Defence & Space MILDS AAR 60 missile warner, Selex ES RALM-01/V2 laser
warning receiver and MBDA ELIPS-NH
chaff and flare dispenser. The contract includes the development and
evaluation of a pre-series production
system with a first batch production
contract planned for the beginning
of 2016. Among the requirements, the
system's Line Replaceable Units (LRUs)
are subject to mechanical repackaging
to ensure the complete form, fit and
function replacement of the platforms
existing equipment. The system is to be
installed on board new and in-service
helicopters through a phased retrofit

program. In total, the Italian MoD is
expected to buy up to 70 systems for
both its Army and Navy's TTH versions.
The ELT/160 is characterized by a
lightweight design with four Direction
Finding (DF) antenna units together
with one integrated receiver and an additional processing unit to serve as an
EW controller. The system has wideband
RF coverage (E to K) and is capable of

real-time de-interleaving, sorting, analysis, tracking and recording of known
and unknown emissions (even those
emissions not pre-loaded in the library),
high speed threat identification, and
full digital processing of intercepted
signals. In addition to the Italian armed
forces, the ELT/160's capabilities have
attracted the interest of other NH90 operators. - L. Peruzzi

IN BRIEF
❍ The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency intends to issue an
Invitation for Bid (IFB) for the provision of Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) systems against Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIEDs) - Phase 1,
in direct support of the NATO Response Force (NRF). The requirement is expected
to encompass the provision of three vehicular and three static ECM systems. Bid
closing is planned for July, 2015 with contract award in January 2016. The reference number is: IFB-CO-13500-NRF.
❍ Terma (Aarhus, Denmark) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with Aselsan (Ankara, Turkey) to define potential areas of collaboration. The
MoU also includes transfer of ownership and intellectual property rights of
Terma's F-16 Modular Reconnaissance Pod from Terma to Aselsan.
❍ The US State Department has approved a number of possible Foreign Military Sale
(FMS) requests including a sale to India for follow-on support for C-130J Super
Hercules aircraft including associated equipment, parts and logistical support for
an estimated cost of $96 million. The government of India had requested support
for five years for their fleet of C-130Js, including eight spare AN/ALE-47 CounterMeasures Dispensing Systems, six spare AN/ALR-56M Advanced Radar Warning
Receivers and up to 9,000 flare cartridges. The principal contractor will be the
Lockheed-Martin Company (Marietta, GA). Also approved was a sale to Australia
of 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and 12 EA-18G Growler aircraft including aircraft
sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion. The Department also approved a $3 billion FMS to Japan
of 17 V-22B Block C Osprey aircraft including 40 AAQ-27 Forward Looking Infrared
Radars, 40 AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems, 40 APR-39 Radar Warning Receivers,
40 ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Systems, 40 APX-123 Identification Friend
or Foe Systems, 40 629F-23 Multi-Band Radios (Non-COMSEC), 40 ASN-163
Miniature Airborne Global Positioning System (GPS) Receivers (MAGR), 40 ARN153 Tactical Airborne Navigation Systems, Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS),
as well as other support and test equipment. The principal contractors will be Bell
Helicopter and Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. a



JED - June 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2015

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Leadership Interview
Missile Warning for Fighter Aircraft
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
2015 AOC Election Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - June 2015 - cover2
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JED - June 2015 - 5
JED - June 2015 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2015 - Courses Calendar
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JED - June 2015 - From the President
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JED - June 2015 - 14
JED - June 2015 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2015 - World Report
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JED - June 2015 - Leadership Interview
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JED - June 2015 - Missile Warning for Fighter Aircraft
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