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world repor t UK MODERNIZES SA-6 RADARS FOR RAF SPADEADAM Two former ex-East German SA-6 “Gainful” surface-to-air missile surveillance and guidance stations – NATO reporting name “Straight Flush” – have completed an extensive overhaul and upgrade that will extend their life on the electronic warfare (EW) training range at RAF Spadeadam. Located in northwest England, RAF Spadeadam hosts an EW training facility used by UK and other NATO aircraft to practice evasive maneuvers and techniques against radar threats representative of those they may encounter in realworld operations. The range is populated by a number of former East German air defense systems, of Soviet origin, acquired at the end of the Cold War. The SA-6 upgrade stemmed from a requirement to extend the life of the vehicle-mounted Straight Flush radar and command guidance systems out to at least 2020, and to “part-digitize” the system so as to be fully representative of updated SA-6 systems currently deployed by unspecified countries of interest. Straight Flush is a mobile system designed to perform low-altitude detection and acquisition, target tracking and illumination, missile radar command guidance and secondary radar missile tracking. What is now Babcock won the original £2.5 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2009. It in turn subcontracted Polish electronics house Wojskowe Zadlady Uzbrojenia (WZU), which brings significant expertise in SA-6 manufacture and support, for the upgrade implementation. The modernization package has introduced flat screen display technology, a digital moving target indicator, and some solid-state components. Additional instrumentation has also been embodied. The first modernized Straight Flush, known as “Alpha Mike” completed its 18-month refurbishment in June 2010. WZU delivered the second unit, named “Tango,” to Babcock in November 2010. This Straight Flush unit was completed to an improved baseline incorporating additional functionality; work to bring Alpha Mike up to the same standard was completed in December 2012. Other Soviet/Russian-origin systems used at RAF Spadeadam include SA-8 “Gecko” surface-to-air missile systems and the ZSU 23-4 “Shilka” radar-guided 23-mm anti-aircraft artillery piece. A US-built T1 system is used to emulate the characteristics of the “Fan Song” and “Low Blow” fire control radars respectively associated with the longer range SA-2 and SA-3 missiles. – R. Scott IN BRIEF ❍ Sofradir (Chatenay-Malabry, France) has signed an agreement with Sagem and Thales to acquire the companies’ infrared (IR) detector technology development and manufacturing facilities. Under the agreement, Sagem transfers to Sofradir Indium Antimonide (InSb) technology. Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) and Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) technologies will be transferred to Sofradir from the GIE III-V Lab, an economic interest group with partners Alcatel Lucent, Thales and research institute CEA (the French nuclear energy and alternate energies commission). The acquisition allows Sofradir, which manufactures sensors for passive IR missile warning systems, to expand its expertise in all cooled and uncooled IR technologies. Also last month, Sofradir received an IR detector contract from the Indian Space Research Organization’s Space Applications Center (Ahmedabad, India). The company will provide its large format Saturn ShortWave Infrared (SWIR) IR detector for space applications. ❍ Niitek (Dulles, VA), has received a $5.9 million firm-fixed-price contract from MBDA Italia to supply the “Mine Buster” ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems and logistics support to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The system will support the Italian Army’s CALIFE 3 program, covering the country’s route-clearance mission and providing options to mitigate ground threats. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed by October 2013. ❍ Raytheon UK has received a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence for delivery of a new GPS Anti-Jam Antenna System. The contract, issued to meet an Urgent Operational Requirement, covers an undisclosed number of systems for operational theaters and multiple vehicle platforms. This is the first sale for the company’s Land GPS Anti-Jam product, a lightweight, vehicle-based system designed to defeat GPS jamming. All of the new systems are expected to be delivered within six months. ❍ Lockheed Martin (Fort Worth, TX) has received a $29.4 million contract for engineering and technical services for F-16 aircraft via Foreign Military Sales channels. The locations for the performance of these services are: Bahrain, Chile, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Taiwan and Turkey. Work is expected to be complete by the end of 2014. ❍ Boeing (St. Louis, MO) is being awarded an $18.3 million firmfixed-price delivery order against a previous contract for the upgrade of 24 F/A-18C/D aircraft in support of the Phase III Hornet Upgrade 25 Program for the government of Switzerland via Foreign Military Sales. Work is expected to be complete by March 2016. a 22 The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2013

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