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ELIX-IR, MIYSIS FUNDED FOR SELF-PROTECTION TRIALS

The Journal of Electronic Defense | November 2017

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Thales and Leonardo are being
funded by the UK Ministry of Defence
(MoD)'s Defence Science and Technology
Laboratory (Dstl) to demonstrate the
combined end-to-end performance of
their respective Elix-IR infrared threat
warning system (IRTWS) and Miysis
Directed Infra-Red Counter Measures
(DIRCM) system.
Under the contracts, the two companies will conduct laboratory-based and
field trials of the integrated system in
early 2018 and support evaluation of its
use for protection of current and future
UK air platforms against man-portable
air defense systems (MANPADS). The

AS3 COMINT SUITE SET FOR
WATCHKEEPER UAV TRIALS
QinetiQ's AS3 communications intelligence (COMINT) system is being
prepared to fly as a payload on the
Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV).
AS3 is a compact tactical payload
forming part of QinetiQ's ASX family of
COMINT systems. Designed specifically
for UAVs and small manned aircraft, the
system is capable of fixing and monitoring UHF and VHF transmissions as well
as mobile and satellite communications.
Integration of AS3 into the Watchkeeper UAV is the culmination of a
jointly funded collaborative project between Thales and QinetiQ, with its roots
in a contract with Defence Science and
Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Clearance for flight trials follows a rigorous
program of engineering and safety case
activity, which saw QinetiQ design, test
and manufacture a bespoke chassis to
hold the AS3 payload in place on the
Watchkeeper platform. - R. Scott

demonstration trials, to be conducted
on the Vidsel test range in Sweden, will
see the two systems hosted in a Terma
Universal DIRCM Pod.
The Elix-IR IRTWS is a new generation
multifunction passive threat warning
system that uses single color infrared
(IR) sensing technology to deliver simultaneous and unimpeded missile approach warning, hostile fire indication
and situational awareness. Use of the IR
spectrum - rather than the ultraviolet
wavelength used in most existing missile threat warner systems - allows for
longer range performance and increased
warning times, according to Thales.
Developed by Leonardo under private venture funding, Miysis marries a
lightweight and compact pointer/tracker with a high-power laser to create a
system that the company describes as
"class-leading" in terms of size, weight
and power parameters. A first production contract for the system was received from Canada last year.
Thales and Leonardo are currently
integrating the two systems so that
hand-over between the IRTWS and
DIRCM is optimized to defeat the threat
as quickly as possible. In practice,
when a threatening missile is fired at
a platform equipped with the combined
solution, the Elix-IR system should
detect, track, classify and declare the
missile as a threat to platform and rapidly pass an alert over to the Miysis
system. Miysis then tracks the incoming threat and accurately direct a highenergy laser onto the missile's seeker,
confusing its guidance system and
quickly steering the missile away from
the platform. Elix-IR will continue to
track the threatening missile throughout its engagement by Miysis. 

Both Elix-IR and Miysis have been
extensively tested and their capabilities
individually proven on live trials. ElixIR flight trials at the Pendine range and
previous static trials have successfully
demonstrated the performance of the
IRTWS in complex and cluttered warfighting environments, with the system achieving detection of all threats
presented during the trials, including
some that had challenged previous hostile fire indicator systems.  Leonardo's
Miysis DIRCM was demonstrated during
the NATO Trial EMBOW XIV in 2014. The
system recorded a perfect success record
against generation 1, 2 and 3 MANPADS
using NATO jam codes. - R. Scott

IN BRIEF
❍ Harris Corp (Clifton, NJ) last month
was awarded multiple contracts, via
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channels for its electronic warfare (EW)
systems. The company also received
a $133 contract to provide Lot 14
ALQ-214(V)4/5 Integrated Defensive
Electronic
Countermeasures
(IDECM) onboard jammers for US
Navy and Australian Hornets and
Super Hornets. The contract covers deliveries for the IDECM system
F/A-18C/D/E/F variant aircraft and
should be complete by May 2020. The
company also received an $84 million contract from the Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center (Robins
Air Force Base, GA) to provide support services for multiple FMS customers on the advanced integrated
defensive electronic warfare suite
system ALQ-211(V)4/8/9. Work is
expected to be complete by the end
of September 2022. a



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - November 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Forecast: Future of DIRCM
Sensor Fusion for 4th Gen Fighters
Technology Survey: ELINT Receivers
54th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - November 2017 - intro
JED - November 2017 - cover1
JED - November 2017 - cover2
JED - November 2017 - 3
JED - November 2017 - 4
JED - November 2017 - 5
JED - November 2017 - The View From Here
JED - November 2017 - 7
JED - November 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - November 2017 - Courses Calendar
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JED - November 2017 - From the President
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JED - November 2017 - insert1
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JED - November 2017 - The Monitor
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