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the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program intended to replace a portion of the
Bradley fighting vehicle fleet, and that
is now also facing possible cancellation.

NAVAL SYSTEMS
Although not receiving the level of
attention of airborne or ground platforms,
laser-directed threats to naval surface
vessels are also proliferating and can be
found in both littoral and blue-water combat environments. ISR System's Gephart
says that, while not a principle focus,

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they have done some work for surface
naval applications in the past including
for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) in
use with the Military Sealift Command
to transport troops and equipment,
as well as a laser warning system for
the ultimately-cancelled Marine Corps
Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. (EFV)
Saab Electronic Defence Systems (Cape
Town, South Africa) has developed a laser
warning system specific for the naval
domain. In use with both the German
and UAE Navy's, the Naval Laser-Warning

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System (NLWS) provides laser detection
and identification across the 0.5 - 1.7
μm wavelength range with an azimuth
AOA accuracy typically better than 7.5
degrees RMS at the higher end of the
wavelength scale.
The system consists of a controller
unit, junction box, and a number of sensors distributed across the vessel's superstructure. The number of sensors required
to achieve full platform coverage depends
on the size of the platform, but depending
on the installation, spatial coverage can
be up to 360 degrees in azimuth and 70
degrees in elevation.
The NLWS can operate as either a
standalone system with its own display
and control, or be integrated with another
onboard combat system or ESM system.
It can operate in a fully-automated mode
and also be integrated with a countermeasures system. A threat-library management system (TLMS) option can prepare
mission files for threat identification and
analyze recorded data

GROWING DEMAND
As is true of much of the electronic
warfare field, the community of expertise
developing and fielding laser warning
system technology is very small. But, it
is also a community of expertise in great
and growing demand. As summed up by
Paul Brierley, General Manager, Excelitas
Photon Detection Division, "Laser detection is a sophisticated and relatively
unique technology with a very limited
number of players involved. It's already
not a trivial problem to solve, but it will
only get harder as more and more lasers
are deployed, and more and more people
are using them on the battlefield."
To deal with the challenges and keep
pace with the threat in times of very
limited budgets, companies are necessarily maximizing their capabilities by
sharing resources and expertise. Says
ISR Systems' Gephart, "the business
framework these days is not so much
everyone competing against each other,
but really more of a cooperation where
we are all working together as teams
going forward to meet the customers'
tough problems, and all providing our
own unique value-added." a
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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
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JED - December 2013 - Conferences Calendar
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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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