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RUSSIA TO DEPLOY S-350 SAMS NEXT YEAR
The Almaz-Antey S-350E Vityaz (Knight) surface-to-air
missile (SAM) system is expected to enter service next year,
the Russian Defence Ministry confirmed in July. Deliveries
are about to begin.
Developed as a replacement for the ageing S-300PS (SA-10b
'Grumble', the first vehicle-mounted version of the S-300),
the S-350 system was publicly displayed for the first time
at the MAKS 2013 exhibition near Moscow. It uses the vertically launched 9M96D-1 missile, and features a high degree
of automation that reduces the number of personnel needed.

Defence Ministry spokesman, Colonel Igor Klimov
told the RIA Novosti news agency that the missiles of
the new system carried "self-homing warheads of a new
generation."
Each S-350 battery is expected to consist of one 50K6
combat control post, one or two 50N6 fire-control radars,
and up to eight 50P6 transporter-erector-launchers (TELs),
each armed with 12 launch canisters. A single system should
be able to simultaneously engage up to 16 aerodynamic or
12 ballistic targets.

CHINA DEPLOYS NEW ANTISUBMARINE AIRCRAFT

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China's People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF)
is reported to be operating its first examples of a new fourengine maritime-patrol aircraft. The designation 'Y-8Q' is often applied to this aircraft, but an alternative form 'Y-8GX6'
has also been reported, along with 'Gaoxin-6' (the sixth member of the Gaoxin series of Chinese special-mission aircraft).
The aircraft lacks the tapered forward fuselage and glazed
nose of the Y-8 transport aircraft, which is a Chinese copy of
the Antonov An-12 'Cub.' The nose, cockpit area, vertical tail
and horizontal tailplane with small vertical end-plates are
similar to those of the follow-on Y-9 transport aircraft, as are
the six-bladed propellers associated with the 3,805-kW (5,100
shp) Zhuzhou WoJiang-6C (FWJ-6C) turboprops used on the
Y-9. Basic variants of the Y-8 have four-bladed propellers
powered by 3,170-kW (4,250hp) WoJiang-6 (WJ-6) turboprops.
In practice, these features of the Y-9 have been seen in other
special-mission aircraft bearing Y-8 series designations.

Externally-visible, mission-related features of the Y-8Q
include a large chin radome for a surface-search radar, a
small ventrally-mounted electro-optical turret located just
aft of the nosewheel, and a prominent tailboom for a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD). The upper and lower fuselage carries an extensive array of blade antennas.
Some Chinese commentators have suggested that the
length of the aircraft's tailboom implies a MAD sensor of
higher sensitivity than those carried in the shorter tailboom of the Lockheed P-3 Orion and the Dassault Aviation
Atlantique 2. Doors for an internal weapons bay are positioned forward of fairings used to house the main undercarriage, and a hemispherical window for a visual observer is
visible on either side of the rear fuselage.
The aircraft's operational payload is expected to include anti-submarine torpedoes, anti-ship missiles, and
sonobuoys.

IRAN COMMISSIONS A SECOND OTH RADAR
Iran has placed a second Ghadir over-the-horizon
(OTH) radar into service. It is located near Ahvaz, in the
province of Khuzestan in Southwestern Iran. An earlier
installation at Garmsar in Semnan province was revealed
in mid-2014.
Following six months of post-installation testing, the
Ahvaz radar was inaugurated over the summer at a ceremony attended by Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Commander of Iran's Khatam al-Anbiya air defense base, and a
number of other senior officers.
A Ghadir radar consists of four horizontal arrays arranged in a square formation, a central vertical array, and
support buildings. Each array is reported to have its own
transmitter, and probably covers a 90-degree sector.
According to Iran, the radar is designed to detect aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise and ballistic
missiles, and satellites in low Earth orbit. Aircraft can be

detected at ranges of up to 600 km, and ballistic missiles at
up to 1,000 km, Iran had stated.
"Discovering and tracking micro aerial vehicles (MAV)...
is one of the special qualities of the Ghadir radar system",
Brigadier General Esmaili said during the unveiling ceremony. He claimed that the system "uses wave types, the
tracking of which would be very difficult for the enemy."
Construction of a third Ghadir radar has already been completed, and commissioning is expected in the near future.
A new strategic radar system with a range of over 1,000
km will be unveiled in September, Esmaili told reporters at
a July news conference. At a separate event in July, he said,
"Missile systems with the capability to stand against electronic warfare, and mid-range and long-range radars will
join the integrated air defence system," and he added, "The
radar and missile defence systems will cover an important
part of the country in the south and southeast." a



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2015

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
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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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