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control system with a countermeasure
response optimized against the inbound threat type.
With an eye to replacing the Mk 251
ADR at the end of this decade, the UK
has partnered with France to conduct
a four-year Technology Demonstrator
Program (TDP) known as ACCOLADE for
a next-generation Off-Board Active Decoy (OBAD). Thales UK, teamed with its
sister Thales unit in France, is under
contract to deliver the TDP, which will
include testing of a prototype. Little
detail has been publicly released on ACCOLADE, although it has been disclosed
that the airborne vehicle itself, developed by Blue Bear Systems Research,
will be capable of maneuvering so as to
be in an optimum position to jam the
threat seeker.
The ACCOLADE program has been
split into three distinct technology
development phases to prove launch,
flight/loiter and EW payload integration. A successful OBAD ballistic launch
trial was completed in July 2013. The
program is scheduled to culminate in
early 2015 with a complete end-to-end

The UK and France are collaborating on the
ACCOLADE Technology Demonstrator Program
for a next-generation Off-Board Active
Decoy. A successful ballistic launch trial was
completed in July 2013. (Thales)

OBAD system demonstration over water
at a range facility in France.
US Navy plans for a long-endurance
autonomous onboard/offboard EW capability known as SPICE (Ship-launched
Persistent Integrated Countermeasures
for Electronic warfare) have now been
subsumed into a Decoy Development Effort (DDE) as part of the Advanced Offboard EW (AOEW) program. Department
of Defense budget documents note that
AOEW is intended "to counter identified
EW gaps in response to an urgent operational need from the fleet and approved
by the Chief of Naval Operations for ex-

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to the threat exists."
The DDE component of AOEW seeks
to develop, procure and deploy shiplaunched,
long-duration
platforms
equipped with active or passive EW payloads for use in coordination with onboard EW systems. ONR has previously
completed an AOEW Analysis of Alternatives, and it is also managing a Next
Generation Countermeasures (NGCM)
FNC program that is intended to integrate an EW payload into a UAV and command and control link demonstrator.
Previous solicitations relating to
both SPICE and NGCM had strongly
suggested the use of a UAV or an unmanned surface vehicle as a payload
carrier. However, the AOEW RFP, which
was released in August, indicated that
the AOEW development phase is focused
on a long-duration EW Active Mission
Payload (AMP) for integration with the
MH-60R and/or MH-60S helicopters. The
decoy will communicate directly with a
surface ship's SLQ-32 EW system via the
Link 16 datalink on the host helicopter.
ONR is also, however, planning to
pursue further research into a shiplaunched, rapid-reaction, long endurance, expendable flight vehicle
designed to carry EW payloads. Known
as the Ship-launched EW Extended Endurance Decoy (SEWEED), this effort
will follow on from previous NRL-developed advanced technology demonstrators such as the FLYRT (Flying Radar
Target) vehicle and the tethered "Eager" preferential acquisition decoy.
It is generally accepted that the
high per-round cost of active expendable decoys has, until now, precluded
their more widespread introduction to
service. In an effort to identify a simpler and lower cost approach, however,
Chemring Countermeasures has, in recent years, undertaken studies into an
active retro-directive decoy comprising a series of compact active Van Atta
arrays. In its 2010 patent filing, the
company notes: "The elements may comprise arrays configured to scan in one or
both of two different orthogonal planes.
In one option, this can be achieved
through individual elements being configured to scan in just one of the planes.
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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Maneuver Warfare in the Electromagnetic Battlespace
The Race to Keep Pace: Countermeasures Against Radar-Guided Anti-Ship Missiles
CONVERGING INTERESTS - Is CEMA the Right Solution for the US Army’s EMS Mission?
Technology Survey: Anti-Jam GPS Receivers and Antennas
New Products
Book Reviews
EW 101
AOC 2014 Award Winners
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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