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BABCOCK, ARGON ST TO SUPPLY CESM FOR UK FRIGATES

The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2013

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The UK Ministry of Defence has
contracted Babcock for the delivery of an off-the-shelf communications electronic support measures
(CESM) system to provide Royal
Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates with an
enhanced electronic surveillance
capability.
The new special fit system, given the name Hammerhead, is being
supplied by Babcock in conjunction
with US signals surveillance house
Argon ST (a subsidiary of Boeing).
Hammerhead will replace a previous CESM special fit, known as the
Mobile Maritime Glaive, which has
now been declared obsolete. 
An Invitation To Tender for the
Type 23 CESM requirement was issued by the Defence Equipment
and Support organisation's Joint
Electronic Surveillance delivery
team in early 2013. This called for
the accelerated supply, installation
and in-service support of a mature

integrated CESM solution at Technology Readiness Level 8 or above,
and suitable to meet appropriate
RN platform installation standards
and platform constraints.
Babcock and Argon ST have
previously worked together on the
delivery and sustainment of the
Eddystone CESM suite fitted to
the RN's nuclear-attack submarine
fleet; both Hammerhead and Eddystone are underpinned by Argon
ST's Lighthouse architecture.
According to Babcock, Hammerhead "offers a low risk, mature
solution tailored to Type 23 requirements and provides surveillance capability, supporting both
tactical indicators and warnings
and other tasked requirements." It
adds that "commonality with other
Lighthouse CESM systems currently in use provides the opportunity
for common spares, training, and
operator flexibility". - R. Scott

IN BRIEF
❍ Saab Defence and Security (Järfälla, Sweden) has won three contracts
worth 100 MSEK (US$ 15.2) to supply BOZ-101-EC chaff/flare pods to
the Luftwaffe (German Air Force). The pods will be fitted with an aft
module housing the company's MAW-300 missile warner. The contracts
also cover development and qualification of a new cockpit control unit
for the pod. The Luftwaffe has flown with BOZ pods in a dispenser-only
configuration on its Tornado aircraft for many years. The new BOZ101-EC provides an extended flare capacity that supports pre-emptive
dispensing and multi-flare "cocktails."
❍ The Royal Air Force took delivery of its first RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft on November 12. The aircraft, which will enter service with the
51st Squadron in late 2014, is the first of three Rivet Joints that are
scheduled to be delivered to the RAF. The UK MOD decided in 2010 to
retire its three Nimrod R.1 SIGINT aircraft and replace them with the
three Rivet Joint aircraft, marking a major decision to rely on foreign
SIGINT technology while at the same time improving interoperability
with US forces.

GULF STATES GATHER IN SAUDI
FOR EW CONFERENCE
Last month, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) hosted the third
annual Electronic Warfare Saudi Arabia Conference, which drew more than 600 attendees,
primarily from the Gulf Region and Europe. Sponsored by the Saudi MOD and organized by AOC and
Tangent Link, the event kicked off with an opening ceremony that included an inaugural address
from AOC Saudi Chapter President Dr. Sultan K. M.
Almorqi, Director of the KCAST's Advanced Sensors and Electronic Defence (ASED) Centre, and a
welcome address from the chief of the Saudi general staff, Gen Hussein bin Abdullah Al-Qubail.
Briefings from a variety of international
perspectives focused on the themes of EW and
electromagnetic (EM) operations interoperability; next-generation systems; EW analysis, countermeasures and training; platform protection;
the evolving relationship between EW and Cyber
operations; new EM concepts; and EW modeling
and simulation. Among the speakers, Maj Rob
Thorpe, commanding officer of Y Squadron (EW/
SIGINT), Royal Marines, presented "Information
Exploitation and EW in the Response Force Task
Group." Dr. Hatim M. Behairy, Director of the
National Electronics, Communication & Photonics Research Program, KACST, spoke about "National Data Links: Waveform Design and its Role
in Modern Electronic Warfare Operations." Cyber
security was discussed by Dr Mohamed Alahbabi,
CIO & Space Advisor, Centre of Excellence & Development, UAE Armed Forces. The utility of EW
training ranges was the topic of a presentation by
Wg Cdr Matt Lawrence, station commander of RAF
Spadeadam. Military and government presentations were balanced with briefings from companies, such as BAE Systems, Selex ES, Aselsan,
EWST, and GEW Technologies.
The conference also included a series of specialized EW workshops presented by industry:
BAE and Selex offered an ELINT workshop; Thales
presented a seminar on EW data flow; PLATH
gave a workshop on COMINT; Rohde and Schwarz
covered global communications; Elettronica presented a module on electronic countermeasures;
and CSIR discussed EW modeling and simulation.
The Saudi MOD has in recent years funded a
major effort or modernize its EW capabilities,
with the acquisition of new fighter aircraft EW
and helicopter ASE, among other EW acquisition
programs. The EW conference reflects the Kindgom's growing interest not just in buying EW
systems but also in sustaining this equipment
within the country and training its operational
forces in EW. - JED Staff a



JED - December 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Seeing the Light: Laser Warning Systems Facing Increasingly Lethal Threats
2014 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - December 2013 - cover1
JED - December 2013 - cover2
JED - December 2013 - 3
JED - December 2013 - 4
JED - December 2013 - 5
JED - December 2013 - The View From Here
JED - December 2013 - 7
JED - December 2013 - Conferences Calendar
JED - December 2013 - 9
JED - December 2013 - Courses Calendar
JED - December 2013 - 11
JED - December 2013 - From the President
JED - December 2013 - 13
JED - December 2013 - 14
JED - December 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2013 - World Report
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JED - December 2013 - Seeing the Light: Laser Warning Systems Facing Increasingly Lethal Threats
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