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Hornet does not have a missile warning system, although BAE Systems'
Collette notes that the Navy had previously evaluated a two-color IR missile
warner as part of a pod-mounted Tactical Aircraft Directable IR Countermeasures (TADIRCM) system demonstration
funded by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Says Collette, "When I look
at the history of the TADIRCM program,
the Navy was on a path to mature and
deploy the system until things heated
up in the Middle East and priorities were
switched to their helicopter/rotorcraft
fleets. Even so, the program proved that
it was viable should the Navy and/or
Marine Corps ever want it. And, should
a Service or country prefer something
a bit more tailored to a specific region
and threat mix, it is certainly very possible to integrate the capability with
other aircraft systems to provide more
comprehensive situational awareness of
all the threats."

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Sweden's Saab JAS 39 Next Generation (NG) Gripen, or "Gripen E," fighter
is fitted with the Selex ES-05 "Raven"
AESA radar, and although not considered a low observable aircraft, the incorporation of non-reflective radar
materials in the airframe are expected
to give the Gripen E improved stealth
characteristics. In addition to Sweden,

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Brazil has also ordered the Gripen E and
Switzerland continues to express potential interest as its F-5 fleet nears the
end of its service life.
In addition to the AESA radar,
the Gripen E also carries the Selex ES
"Skyward-G" Infrared Search and Track
(IRST) sensor. In April, Selex ES received
an order from Saab for 60 of the systems
for the Swedish Air Force's Gripen Es. Installed on the nose of the aircraft, the
Skyward G can be used in conjunction
with other sensors on the aircraft to
provide for passive beyond-visual-range
detection of targets including ground
vehicles and naval vessels, as well as
"stealthy" airborne targets.
As reported in JED ("Upgrading Fast
Jet Self Protection" May, 2015), the
Gripen E will also have an advanced integrated EW suite with a strong focus
on multi-sensor fusion, including an
RWR/ESM system with wide frequency
coverage, interferometric DF, and wideband digital receivers. In 2013, Saab
announced that it would integrate
the Passive Airborne Warning System
(PAWS-2) IR missile warner onto its
Gripens. Although it seems likely that
the Gripen E will get the system, neither
Elbit nor Saab would confirm this.

DASSAULT RAFALE
With a continuous upgrade program
planned, the Dassault Aviation "Rafale"

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fighter is intended to eventually be the
sole combat aircraft type operated by
both the French Air Force and Navy.
India and Egypt have also announced
plans to acquire the aircraft, and last
month, Qatar selected the Rafale for its
Air Force, ordering 24 aircraft.
The first "omnirole" Rafale fighter
equipped with the new Thales Group
(Paris, France) "RBE2" AESA radar was
delivered to the French Ministry of Defense in October of 2012. In addition to
the RBE2, the latest Rafale aircraft also
carry the advanced "Spectra" EW suite.
Jointly developed by Thales Systèmes
Aéroportés and MBDA (Le Plessis-Robinson, France) and installed internally
on the aircraft, the highly integrated,
multispectral system incorporates MBDA's IR-based "DDM-NG" passive missile
warning system, as well as radar- and
laser-warning systems. The Rafale also
carries the Thales "Front Sector Optronics" (FSO) sensor. Cued by the Rafale's
other passive and active sensors, the FSO
provides for covert long-range detection
and identification, high-resolution angular tracking and laser range-finding
for air, sea and ground targets.
As described by Thales' Carrara,
Thales, one of the principle characteristics and features of the Rafale aircraft
is its enhanced situational awareness
capabilities provided by the aircraft's
very high level of system integration,
fusing threat data from all of the aircraft's on-board sensors and presenting
it in a highly-efficient manner to the
pilot. This is true for all of the aircraft's
sensors, including the AESA radar, as
well as information coming from other
off-platform sources via data links. "By
rapidly integrating threat data from
multiple sensors, the Spectra system
is able to provide longer-range detection and precise localization of threats,
both ground and air-based."
Going forward, Carrara says Thales
definitely already sees a strong and
growing customer interest in improved
missile warning capabilities on the
Rafale. In terms of future improvements for Spectra, he says there are a
number of ongoing efforts addressing
various aspects of the system's capabilities. "We continue to look to greater levels of integration, particularly


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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 - 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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