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AUSTRALIA TO INVEST IN ELECTRONIC WARFARE OPERATIONS SUPPORT FOR THE MARITIME AND LAND DOMAINS

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The Australian Government has
approved AUS$500 million (US$381
million) to establish a new electronic
warfare (EW) operational support center for naval and land weapons systems.
Joint Project 500 Phase 2A, "Electronic
Warfare Operations Support for the
Maritime and Land Domains," will see
the Department of Defence build a new
facility at Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF) Base Edinburgh, South Australia (near Adelaide), and equip it with
threat simulation and test equipment
to evaluate EW systems performance
on various naval and ground platforms,
assess new EW technologies and help

to develop EW tactics for maritime and
land forces.
The AUS$375 million facility will
house labs, threat simulators and test
support systems and will employ approximately 100 military, civilian and contractor personnel. BAE Systems Australia
and Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems are
the two leading companies equipping the

UK PLANNING LASER DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPON CAPABILITY DEMONSTRATOR
As this issue of JED went to press,
the UK MOD was close to finalizing a
£30 million (US$38.9 million) contract
with an industry consortium led by

UK MOD ORDERS MORE AIRBORNE RF DECOYS
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)
has contracted with Leonardo-Finmeccanica (Luton, UK) to deliver BriteCloud
Expendable Active Decoys (EADs) for
use on Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado
aircraft. The RF decoys delivered under this £2.5 million (US$3.5 million)
order will be used to develop a concept
of operations (CONOPS) for the decoy's
employment - one of the last stages before BriteCloud can become operational.
Previous decoys delivered to the MOD
under the BriteCloud program were for
technical evaluation.
The BriteCloud is designed to protect
aircraft from radar-guided missiles. In a
missile engagement, the BriteCloud decoy, which is currently available in a 55mm form factor, is dispensed from the
aircraft's countermeasures dispenser. As
the decoy separates from the aircraft,
it transmits false radar returns using a
digital RF memory (DRFM) to modulate
the radar signals and lure the missile
away from the target aircraft.

facility. Several subcontractors are also
expected to join the project.
Minister for Defence, Senator the
Hon Marise Payne, said in a press release, "Many of the electronic warfare
support systems to be acquired by this
project will be portable and capable of
operation within Australian ranges and
training areas." - J. Knowles

Leonardo has been developing BriteCloud with the UK's Defence Science
Technology Lab (Dstl) and the MOD's
Defence Equipment and Support organization since 2012. To date, the MOD
has provided £25 million to fund its development. Other companies supporting
the program include Chemring Countermeasures UK and QinetiQ.
Last year, BriteCloud successfully
underwent effectiveness testing against
representative RF threats at a US EW
range. With this latest contract, the RAF
will evaluate the decoy on Tornado GR4
aircraft and develop specific tactics and
techniques for its operational use. RAF
Tornadoes could begin using the decoy
operationally beginning in mid-2017.
To date, BriteCloud has undergone
multiple tests on Tornado and Gripen
aircraft. Leonardo and Saab are collaborating to offer the decoy as an optional
capability for its Gripen E fighters. It is
also slated for use on Typhoon aircraft
in the future. - J. Knowles

MBDA UK Ltd to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) Capability
Demonstrator.
The MOD announced that its LDEW
Capability Demonstrator program will
"assess innovative laser directed energy weapon technologies and approaches." The system will "acquire
and track targets at range, in varying weather conditions, over land and
water, and, crucially, with sufficient
precision to enable safe and effective
engagement." The effort will include
a demonstration of the system in the
2018-19 timeframe.
Peter Cooper of Dstl, one of the MOD
organizations supporting the LDEW program, said, "This is a significant demonstration program aimed at maturing
our understanding of what is still an
immature technology. It draws on innovative research into high power lasers
so as to understand the potential of the
technology to provide a more effective
response to the emerging threats that
could be faced by UK armed forces."
MBDA UK Ltd leads the UK DRAGONFIRE consortium that will develop the
LDEW system. Other members of the
team are Arke Ltd., GKN plc, BAE Systems, Leonardo, Marshall Aerospace and
Defence, and QinetiQ. - J. Knowles a



JED - October 2016

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Bait in the Trap: Trainable Soft-Kill Systems Proliferate for ASMD
2017 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
SIGINT History
EW 101
AOC News
Index to Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - October 2016 - cover1
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JED - October 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - October 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - October 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - October 2016 - From the President
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JED - October 2016 - The Monitor
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