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By John Knowles Stretching from Pakistan to the Korean Peninsula and southward to Australia and New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific region represents one of the leading international electronic warfare markets. With some of the world’s most developed economies, and a Chinese military undergoing rapid modernization, many of the countries in this region are showing more interest in improving their EW capabilities. The region’s governments approach their EW needs in a variety of ways. In addition to the many countries that depend on foreign suppliers, there are those building their own EW systems. As EW users, the region’s militaries are becoming ever more sophisticated in their requirements, support and training. The US is the region’s leading EW supplier, thanks in part to the large number of US-made weapons systems operating in the region – from F-15s, F-16s, F-18s and C-130s to surplus US Navy frigates and destroyers. Most of these platforms are equipped with EW systems from ITT, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and BAE Systems. The region also includes a number of former British colonies that have maintained strong military ties with the UK government, enabling companies such as Selex and Thales to supply a range of EW equipment to various nations. Over the past decade, however, many countries in the region have broadened their EW supplier base, with companies such as Elsira, EADS and Saab chalking up significant sales. China’s rapidly developing economy is funding a military program that is increasingly capable of projecting power far outside its borders. This factor, more than anything else, will drive the region’s EW market over the long term. Here’s a look at some of the notable EW programs and opportunities in the region’s various countries. ernment labs, state-owned companies and private sector companies over the past few years. One of the first major programs to emerge under India’s new policy is the high-profile Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) program, which could see the Indian Air Force buy up to 126 fighter aircraft to replace its aging MiG21 fleet. Multi-phase flight evaluations began in 2009 and will extend through the summer, with six bidders – Eurofighter (Typhoon), Dassault (Rafale), Saab AB (JAS 39 Gripen IN), RAC MiG (MiG 35), Lockheed Martin (F-16IN) and Boeing (F/A18IN) – pursuing the $10 billion program. While India is seeking the latest airborne EW capabilities, it appears to be content with mostly “off the shelf” solutions available for these aircraft. Raytheon is offering a variant of its ACES suite for Lockheed’s F-16 bid, and its ALR-67(V)3 RWR is part of Boeing’s F/A-18IN bid, which features an EW suite based on the US Navy’s F/A-18E/F aircraft. The F/A-18IN also includes ITT’s ALQ-214 RF Countermeasures (RFCM) subsystem. Both aircraft also feature the ALE-47 dispenser from Symetrics. The MiG-35 bid includes Elettronica’s ELT-568(V)2 jammer. Saab Avitronics is reportedly offering some of the new EW capabilities developed for the Gripen NG. The Rafale features the Spectra EW suite from Thales and MBDA. The Typhoon bid includes the Praetorian EW suite from Selex, Elettronica, Indra and EADS with the possible addition of Selex’s Seer digital RWR. The MRCA program may be grabbing most of the attention, but India is pursuing several other EW programs. It is buying Saab’s Compact Integrated De- INDIA: MAKING NEW FRIENDS India is establishing itself as an economic and political leader within the region, and part of that strategy depends on a strong military. Over the past several decades, India has built a significant and largely government-owned defense industry to realize its goal of self-reliance. It also has frequently turned to Russia to supply (either through export or licensed manufacturing) some of its most complex weapons systems. Occasionally, it has tapped UK, French and Israeli companies as well. This formula has enabled India to achieve a military capability that has stood up well inconflicts with Pakistan. Looking into the future, however, India acknowledges that it must replace its aging Soviet-era weapons systems with a new generation of aircraft, ships and ground vehicles that feature more advanced technology, particularly EW, radars and communications systems. Rather than scrap the traditional weapons acquisition strategy, however, the leadership in New Delhi decided to simply add another layer by rewriting its defense policy to allow more foreign participation and technology partnerships in its defense industry. Israeli companies were among the first to take advantage of this new policy, supplying a wide range of aircraft self-protection systems, UAV SIGINT/ESM sensors and ground-based communications jammers. European and US companies have approached the Indian market more slowly, but with a lot of fanfare, announcing multiple teaming agreements with gov-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2010

JED - January 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Asia-Pacifi c EW: All Eyes on China?
Maneuver in the EM Domain
Technology Survey: Surface Naval Expendables and Launchers
EW 101
AOC Industry/Institute/University Members
Index of Advertisers
JED Sales Offices

JED - January 2010