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AUSTRALIAN FRIGATE RECEIVES ES UPGRADE

The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2015

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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Anzac-class frigate HMAS Warramunga
has become the first ship of its class to
receive an updated tactical electronic
surveillance suite based on the Harris
(formerly Exelis) ES-3701 electronic support (ES) system.
Procured under Project SEA 1448
Phase 4A, the ES-3701 variant is replacing the legacy Thales Centaur ES on
board eight Anzac frigates to provide
improved passive situational awareness
and early threat warning. It will also
equip the RAN's two new multipurpose
amphibious ships HMAS Canberra and
HMAS Adelaide. Project SEA 1448 Phase
4A received Second Pass Approval in
February 2013, with an AUS$100 million
contract with Exelis signed the following month. The project also includes the
provision of ES mission system emulators for training and a ground-based
support segment for ES mission system
reprogramming.

Harris (Morgan Hill, CA, USA) has
established partnerships with two Australian companies to deliver Project SEA
1408 Phase 4A. Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems (Matraville, NSW) has been
given responsibility as in-country support partner (assuming Authorised Engineering Organisation status), and is also
producing the low-band subsystem; and
Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems (Mawson Lakes, SA) is supplying the multichannel digital receiver for the system.
The project successfully completed
Factory Acceptance Testing of the first
ES-3701 system in March 2015. Delivery
of production systems and installation
of the capability across the Anzac class
began in the third of quarter 2015 with
the refit of the Warramunga.
As well as the antennas associated
with the Project SEA 1448 4A ES system,
the new electronic surveillance mast installed on Warramunga also incorporates
a Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

RF DAS UPGRADE FOR RAF C-130J HERCULES
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)
has announced a radio frequency (RF)
defensive aids suite (DAS) upgrade for
Royal Air Force (RAF) C-130J Hercules
transport aircraft to improve survivability against radar-guided missile threats.
Revealed in the MoD's Defence Equipment Plan 2015, published on October
22, the RF DAS fit was declared in-service in September this year. Lockheed
Martin Aeronautics is lead contractor
for the program.
No details of the RF DAS scope and
configuration have been made public
by the MoD on the grounds that "details
of the defensive aid system remain operationally sensitive and cannot be disclosed." However, the MoD has confirmed
that Lockheed Martin was contracted for
the program - valued at around £40 million overall - in September 2013.
Following initial installation at
Lockheed Martin, further adjustments
have been carried out by Marshall Aerospace's Defence Group in Cambridge, UK.
This work has been performed under

Marshall's existing  Hercules Integrated
Operational Support contract.
As well as the RF DAS aircraft integration, Lockheed Martin's scope of supply
is understood to also cover the provision
of an aircrew and ground maintenance
training package, an upgrade to the synthetic training environment to replicate
the RF DAS kit installation, the development of validation test rigs (replicating
displays and controls within the aircraft
environment), the development and installation of an integrated aircraft data
recording facility, and a countermeasure dispense switch (the latter using
government furnished equipment from
the now retired C-130K). The company
has also provided technical support to
RF DAS operational test and evaluation
flight trials.
According to the Defence Equipment
Plan 2015, early operational clearance
of the RF DAS on the RAF's C-130J was
achieved in March 2015. The program
achieved its in-service date milestone
in September. - R. Scott

AS 420 VHF/UHF (30-1000 MHz) shipboard COMINT ES antenna. According to
the Australian Department of Defence,
"the system or capability that will be installed is a component of an unapproved
project and therefore Defence has not yet
identified the final capability solution."
SwRI (San Antonio, TX, USA) has
confirmed its participation in the
project, noting that it had "integrated
communications intelligence and electronics intelligence antennas for the
Royal Australian Navy Anzac class frigate upgrade program."
The ES-3701 ES system will, under a
separate acquisition, equip the RAN's
three new Hobart-Class Air Warfare Destroyers. These ships are also receiving
the SwRI MBS-567A COMINT ES system
and associated AS-420 antenna. - R. Scott

IN BRIEF
❍ The French Government has
requested the Foreign Military Sale
of two C-130J tactical transport
aircraft and two KC-130J refueling tanker aircraft. The aircraft,
which will be fitted with EW suites
comprising ALR-56M radar warning receivers, AAR-47A(V)2 missile
warners and ALE-47 chaff and flare
dispensers, will be used to support French Air Force operations in
Africa. The total estimated value of
the sale is $650 million.
❍ The government of Kuwait has
requested the purchase, via Foreign
Military Sales channels, of 14 AAQ33 Sniper Advanced Targeting
Pods, including associated equipment, parts and logistical support.
The deal, valued at $133 million,
includes the integration of the pods
onto the country's F/A-18 aircraft.
Operational support will include
systems integration and testing,
software development/integration,
test sets, support equipment, spares,
repair parts, maintenance and pilot
training, etc. The primary contractor is Lockheed Martin Missile and
Fire Control (Orlando, FL). a



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The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
2015 AOC Award Winners
SIGINT on the Border
Jamming Down Under
Commercial Airliners: Still Vulnerable to MANPADS
New Products
Threat Monitor
EW 101
Report from the 2015 AOC Pacific Conference
Report from the 2015 AOC CEMA Conference
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - December 2015 - cover1
JED - December 2015 - cover2
JED - December 2015 - igc
JED - December 2015 - OGC
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JED - December 2015 - The View from Here
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JED - December 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - December 2015 - Courses Calendar
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JED - December 2015 - From the President
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JED - December 2015 - Letters
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JED - December 2015 - 2015 AOC Award Winners
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JED - December 2015 - New Products
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JED - December 2015 - Threat Monitor
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JED - December 2015 - EW 101
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JED - December 2015 - Report from the 2015 AOC Pacific Conference
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JED - December 2015 - 89
JED - December 2015 - Report from the 2015 AOC CEMA Conference
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JED - December 2015 - AOC News
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