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w o r l d report ITALY SELECTS EW FOR CSAR HELOS Italy’s General Directorate of Air Armaments has awarded Elettronica (Rome, Italy) an undisclosed value contract to provide its Virgilius multifunction EW system for the Italian Air Force’s AW101 combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopters. According to the Italian Air Force’s requirements, the future fleet of AW101 CSAR helicopters will be equipped with a self-protection suite comprising Elettronica’s Virgilius ESM system (also acting as the EW suite manager); a new solid-state radar jammer based on Eurofighter Typhoon EW technology (to be provided by Elettronica under a future contract); chaff/flare dispensers; Cassidian’s AAR-60 MILDS II missile warning system (already in the Italian Air Force’s inventory); and a twin-turret Elettronica ELT/572 directional IR countermeasure (DIRCM) system that is currently under development. The recently awarded Virgilius contract calls for the delivery of 11 kits (with additional spare systems), including the single-box Virgilius ESM/ RWR multi functional unit (MFU). Cables and antennas will be installed and integrated under a separate contract currently being negotiated between Elettronica and AW101 prime AgustaWestland. – L. Peruzzi IN BRIEF ❍ The US Army is conducting a market survey of companies that can provide in-country COMINT training services for the Pakistani Army, which is planning to acquire new COMINT systems from DRS Defense Solutions in the US. The task orders will include operator and maintenance training for vehicular and man-pack COMINT equipment. The program point of contact is Mark Conrad, +(443) 861-3214, e-mail ❍ Northrop Grumman has delivered a Combat Electromagnetic Environment Simulator (CEESIM) a Signal Measurement System (SMS) and a Pulseman Portable CEESIM Simulator to Aselsan’s Radar, Electronic Warfare and Intelligence Systems Division in Ankara, Turkey. ❍ The French government launched four Thales-made ELISA ELINT demonstrator satellites into orbit last month. The satellites will operate in close proximity to one another 700 km above the earth. The information and lessons learned will be used to prepare the French Government’s follow-on CERES ELINT satellite program, which is expected to reach orbit within the next 10 years. ❍ A senior US official told reporters last month that a team of Libyan and US bomb disposal experts have secured about 5,000 surface-to-air missiles in Libya since the fall of Col Moamer Kadhafi. Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for political and military affairs, said that the team had “identified, disbanded and secured more than 5,000” of the former regime’s estimated 20,000 MANPADS. He added that thousands more were destroyed during NATO bombing. The governments are pursuing this effort in an attempt to prevent these threats from reaching insurgent and terrorist groups in North Africa and around the world. a 22 IRAQ SEEKS MORE F-16IQ AIRCRAFT The Iraqi Government has signalled its intention to by 18 new F-16IQ Block 52 aircraft for the Iraqi Air Force. The proposed deal, requested last month via the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, follows a 2011 contract for 18 F-16IQs. The new buy would essentially provide the Iraqi Air Force with a second squadron of F-16s as it tries to rebuild what was once one of the largest air forces in the Middle East. The proposed sale calls for the second batch of F-16IQs to be equipped similar to the first. This includes 24 APQ-68(V)9 radars, 20 APX-113 Advanced IFF systems and 120 Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems. The request also calls for 22 EW suites comprising ALE-47 chaff/ flare dispensers and either ITT Exelis’ ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) or Raytheon’s Advanced Countermeasures Electronic System (ACES), which includes the ALR-93 radar warning receiver and the ALQ187 radar jammer. The Iraqi Air Force is also seeking 20 targeting pods (either the AAQ-28 Litening or the AAQ-33 Sniper) and four electro-optic reconnaissance systems (either the F-9120 Advanced Airborne Reconnaissance System or the DB-110 Reconnaissance Pod). This second deal includes a weapons package comprising 100 AIM-9L/M-8/9 Sidewinder Missiles, 150 AIM-7M-F1/H Sparrow Missiles, 50 AGM-65D/G/H/K Maverick Missiles and 200 GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs. Neither F-16IQ deal has provided the Iraqi Government with the longer-range AIM-120 AMRAAM or AIM-9X missiles or with GPS-guided munitions. The total package, which also includes support and training, is valued at $2.3 billion. The US Congress has approved the FMS request, and contract negotiations are expected to begin in the next few months. The Iraqi Air Force wants to rebuild its fighter fleet around six new squadrons, although it is not clear if they will be established around a single aircraft type. – JED Staff The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
US IRCM Market Forecast
USMC Moves Out on Air-Land EW
Book Review
EW 101
AOC News
Views from the AOC Convention
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - January 2012