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world repor t UK TO EVALUATE ARMORED VEHICLE PROTECTION UNDER MEDUSA PROJECT The Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2016 22 Research and technology house QinetiQ (Farnborough, Hampshire, UK) has been awarded a £7.6 million contract by the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to evaluate an Active Integrated Protection System (AIPS) for armored vehicles. Under the AIPS Medusa Technical Assessment Programme (TAP), QinetiQ will assess a number of systems from the Airbus Defence and Space Multifunctional Self-protection System (MUSS). Dstl investigations into AIPS technology reflect a recognition that traditional vehicle protection options are unable to keep pace with highly lethal and proliferating anti-tank guided weapon threats. Rather, the UK is looking to pursue a more holistic approach that draws upon a flexible set of options using active, reactive and passive protection technologies. The AIPS research project aims to de-risk the development and introduction to service of a capability compatible with UK requirements through a combination of commercial-off-theshelf-systems (COTS) system appraisals and technology research and development. Following the completion of the user requirements and initial research, the project is pursuing three parallel streams of activity: the Medusa TAP, which is evaluating a high maturity (TRL 6) COTS active protection system; the Icarus Technical Demonstration Programme (TDP), which will develop the architecture to support modular AIPSs suitable for application fleetwide; and a supporting package of research and simulation. QinetiQ's MEDUSA research contract covers technology assessment across five areas: subsystem and system performance assessment; system integration assessment; operational impacts analysis; safety, security and legal assessments; and system development assessment. Alongside QinetiQ, Textron and Frazer-Nash are also key contributors to the MEDUSA team. According to Dstl, the technical assessments will quantify how well the MUSS system performs against a range of weapon systems, and will also include a BAE Systems' appliqué integration of a MUSS system onto a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank to demonstrate potential future capability. As well as proving technical system performance (includ- ing live-fire threat defeat), and evaluating the benefits of threat warning capability, the evaluation will also focus on non-equipment issues such as integration, and the development of tactics, techniques and procedures. The British Army sees an active protection system having utility on a number of vehicles. These include the Ajax and Warrior armored fighting vehicles, the Challenger 2 main battle tank, and the planned Mechanised Infantry Vehicle. Dstl released an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the Icarus TDP in June 2016. This demonstration activity is intended to refine requirements for an active protection system architecture standard. According to Dstl, the aim is to "demonstrate a Modular Integrated Protection System that is compliant to the developed architecture and will provide the infrastructure and interfaces to enable commercially available sensor and effector subsystems to be integrated." The TDP is to be conducted as a combined industry system development program led by a UK-based prime contractor (as system integrator), sensor and effector component vendors (subcontractors), and specialists in the fields of safety and security engineering. - R.Scott EW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW Last month, the UK hosted the Farnborough International Air Show, which included several electronic warfare (EW) developments. Here is a quick recap of the highlights: * French EW house Thales and Italy's Elettronica signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their longterm partnership and to introduce a new airborne self-protection suite, Cybele, for rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. Thales will provide the missile warner, radar warning receiver and chaff and flare subsystem (the latter thought to be sourced from MBDA). Elettronica will supply the suite's electronic support measures, directed infrared countermeasures, active decoys and RF jammer. * Israel's Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT Elisra introduced its Light SPEAR selfprotection and jamming system for UAVs. The system features multiple digital RF memories that work in parallel to cover a wide spectrum. * Qinetiq, Thales and Textron AirLand announced they will collaborate to bid for the UK's Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) program, which will provide operational training, including EW training, to British forces. The team's bid will be based around Textron's Scorpion jet. IN BRIEF ❍ On the fringes of last month's NATO Warsaw Summit, the governments of Poland and Turkey announced plans to collaborate on EW programs. Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik and Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz signed a letter of intent focusing on cooperation in escort jamming technologies and programs. NATO is developing a plan to expand the role of its European partners in the Alliance's suppression of enemy air defense missions, including the Airborne Electronic Attack mission. a

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Cyber Blitz: US Army Gains New Insight for EW/Cyber Operational Integration
Technology Survey: Solid State Power Amplifiers for EW, Radar and Communications Applications
EW 101
Threat Monitor
AOC Election
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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