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"Falcon Edge" Integrated Electronic
Warfare Suite (IEWS) incorporating high
sensitivity, wide-band digital receivers,
and DRFM-based countermeasures.
Beginning in the 1990s, many of the
new EW capabilities developed for the
F-16 have been driven by international users. Israel has fielded its own EW
suites for the Israeli Air Force's F-16Is.
Exelis and Raytheon have developed
the Advanced Integrated EW Suite (AIDEWS) and Advanced Countermeasures
Electronic System (ACES), respectively,
for several international F-16 customers over the past 15 years. Denmark's
Terma has integrated new EW capabilities, such as missile warning systems,
RF jammers and countermeasures dispensers, onto many European-based F16s via its Pylon Integrated Dispenser
System (PIDS) and its Electronic Combat
Integrated Pylon System (ECIPS) family
of wing pylons (see "Upgrading Fast Jet
Self Protection," JED, May 2015, p. 26).
International F-16 users are likely
to continue driving major F-16 systems
upgrades, as countries like Taiwan and
South Korea pursue AESA radar capabilities for their F-16 fleets. In August
of last year, Lockheed Martin awarded
Northrop Grumman a contract for 142
AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar
(SABR) AESA radars for Taiwan's F-16s.
South Korea is mulling its options after withdrawing earlier this year from

a BAE System-led upgrade program that
would have installed the Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) AESA radar, as well as ALR-69A digital RWRs on
a large portion of its F-16 fleet.
Israeli F-16I "Sufa" (Storm) aircraft
are also not known to have plans for
an AESA radar, but are equipped with
the Passive Airborne Warning System
(PAWS-2) from Elbit Systems. The onecolor IR PAWS-2 is capable of rapidly discriminating between threatening and
non-threatening missiles using a target
algorithm, which tracks each threat
frame-by-frame, analyzing target maneuverability, relative position, inertial
data and angular velocity and intensity.
The system can either be installed internally or via pylon. Typically, 4-6 sensors
are installed on an aircraft to provide
360-degree coverage.

WHAT ABOUT USAF F-16S?
In contrast, the USAF doesn't itself
currently have a missile-warning-system-equipped F-16 or, for that matter, an AESA-equipped version of the
aircraft, although there was until last
year a program in place to provide just
that. Now cancelled, the Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite (CAPES)
program was to provide some 300 USAF
F-16C/Ds with the Northrop Grumman
AN/APG-83 AESA radar as well an upgraded EW suite and other improve-

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ments. Based on language in the House
Armed Services Committee's FY2016 defense authorization bill, recently passed
by the House of Representatives, the
CAPES program may be revived soon.
In this bill, the House recommended
an additional $50 million for the Air
Force to begin integration and testing
of an AESA radar on F-16 aircraft. CAPES
would need to pass through several more
planning and funding wickets in both
Congress and in the Pentagon in order to
be revived, but that process seems to be
gathering momentum.
Exelis' Dunn also doesn't think the
USAF F-16 AESA story is over, noting
that there is continuing talk within
NORTHCOM to restart CAPES in some
fashion. "The Air National Guard still
has a requirement for the AESA capability." In addition, Dunn notes that the
missions of the Air National Guard and
US Air Force Reserves also puts them in
an environment where their F-16s will
certainly need missile warning capabilities, particularly for ground-based
IR threats. "There is a requirement for
the US Air National Guard and Air Force
Reserves and there is an ongoing effort
to start a program to put a missile warning system on their F-16 aircraft. There
is expected to be testing conducted this
year looking at different options, with
an RFP expected sometime next year."
Exelis is teamed with Airbus in the competition offering the AN/AAR-60 (V)2
MILDS F system. Elbit's PAWS-2 system
is also expected to be a contender. The
plan is to integrate the missile warner
into the Terma PIDS+ pylons currently
in the Air National Guard and Air Force
Reserve inventories.

BOEING F-15
Unlike with its F-16 fleet, the USAF
has started to equip its F-15 aircraft
with advanced AESA radars - the Raytheon AN/APG-63(V)3 on F-15C/D aircraft and the Raytheon AN/APG-82(V)1
on the F-15E. AESA-equipped F-15s are
also in demand among international
F-15 users.
Saudi Arabia's F-15SA aircraft are being upgraded with the Raytheon AN/
APG-63(V)3 AESA radar. These Eagles
are also receiving BAE Systems' Digital EW System (DEWS) incorporating


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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
JED - June 2015 - cover1
JED - June 2015 - cover2
JED - June 2015 - 3
JED - June 2015 - 4
JED - June 2015 - 5
JED - June 2015 - The View From Here
JED - June 2015 - 7
JED - June 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2015 - Courses Calendar
JED - June 2015 - 11
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 - 19
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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JED - June 2015 - EW 101
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JED - June 2015 - 2015 AOC Election Guide
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JED - June 2015 - AOC News
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JED - June 2015 - Index of Advertisers
JED - June 2015 - JED Quick Look
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