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with the Gen III Electronic Control Unit
(ECU) also being added, will potentially
also allow for the integrated laser warning capability.
ISR's Gephart says it's a continuing
objective of the Army to determine what
additional capabilities they can provide
to the warfighter within the current
footprints available on their platforms.
"This encompasses both what more they
can get out of their current systems,
as well as what they can do through
Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) as
opposed to new starts in this austere
budget environment."
As an example, Gephart points to the
new laser-warning system technology
which ISR recently delivered to the Army.
Known as the AN/AVR-2X variant, the system incorporates an additional camera/
detector to provide an HFI capability -
categorizing and providing AOA and geolocation information on weapon systems
ranging from RPG's to small arms. Says
Gephart, "This program really showed
what can be accomplished by working
together collaboratively from the beginning of the process. As the requirements

"the real challenge...
is delivery of effective
countermeasures...to
beam-rider missiles"
emerged and evolved, and the Army
determined what they needed, we, in
turn, showed what was in the realm of
the capable. Ultimately, we went from
initial concept to delivery of system for
testing in 16 months."
Bill Staib, BAE Systems Director of
Threat Management Solutions, also sees
the merit in this approach, and his company is in fact already working with ISR
and its AVR-2X technology. Ultimately,
Staib observes that regardless of the
type of threat warning (whether laser,
missile, radar, or HFI), system design
requirements are moving toward multimode, multi-spectral solutions for situational awareness.
"It's a question customers are continually raising and it's a big part of
what we're focused on - whether it makes

sense to continue to field multiple, specific, dedicated systems exclusively for
each threat, or rather move toward an
integrated, multi-mode threat-warning system (such as JATAS) where, for
example, the laser warning function is
incorporated as one element within an
overall threat-warning system. The big
advantage is real estate on the aircraft,
but it also means not cutting another
hole in the platform, adding less weight,
and taking advantage of existing processing power."
For his part, Cassidan's Wagenbauer
notes that the real challenge for aircraft laser warning systems is not the
warning function itself, but rather the
"delivery of effective countermeasures
against increasingly sophisticated laserbased threats, particularly modern, laser
beam-rider missiles." But, he adds in
counterpoint that this in turn necessarily means that "one of the biggest
challenges for airborne laser warning
is achieving sufficiently accurate AOA
information required for such sophisticated countermeasures to be implemented successfully."

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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
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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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