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world report INDIA BUYS SAAB EW SUITE FOR ITS HELICOPTERS India awarded Saab Avitronics (Järfallä, Sweden) full-rate production orders in late December for the company’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS), which will be installed on Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters to provide them with EW self-protection. The combined value of the orders from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was about $24 million. Production will occur at Saab Avitronics facilities in Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa. IDAS features radar, laser and ultraviolet missile approach warning sensors and can trigger the dispensing of expendable countermeasure decoys. It is fully integrated into the Dhruv’s digital “glass” cockpit. India’s Dhruv (Pole Star) multi-role helicopter is manufactured by HAL, and is in service with a number of militaries around the world in different variants. HAL has delivered about 80 of the helicopters to the Indian armed forces and another 235 are on order. IDAS will be installed on armed versions of the Dhruv. A ”weapon system-integrated” version of the Dhruv is under development by HAL that will be equipped with a forward-looking infrared (IR) sensor turret and stub wings that can carry eight anti-tank missiles, four air-to-air missiles or four 70mm and 68mm rocket pods. IDAS was previously selected for installation on a number of other military helicopters, including Denel of South Africa’s Rooivalk and Oryx, NH Industries’ NH-90, Agusta Westland’s Super Lynx 300 and A109, Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook and Eurocopter’s Cougar and Super Puma. – G. Goodman INDIA ORDERS MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT India’s defense ministry, in what will be its largest defense purchase to date from the United States, signed a $2.1 billion deal with Boeing to buy eight P-8I maritime patrol and reconnaissance/ anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Indian Navy. The long-range P-8I will be a customized variant of the P-8A Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft being developed by Boeing for the US Navy to replace the service’s aging P-3C Orions. The P-8A Poseidon is a militarized version of the Boeing 737 commercial airliner. The first P-8I is to be delivered to India in late 2012 or early 2013 and the other seven by 2015. The aircraft will be used to patrol India’s 4,700-mile coastline and will replace the Indian navy’s eight aging Russian turboprop Tupolev-142M maritime patrol aircraft. The contract with Boeing, still subject to final US government approval, includes an option for India to order four to eight additional P8Is. India is the first international customer for the P-8. The US Navy plans to purchase 108 P-8As; an initial operational capability is slated for 2013. The first test aircraft has been assembled and will soon move to Boeing Field in Seattle, WA, for pre-flight systems integration and testing. – G. Goodman IN BRIEF ❍ Australia’s Department of Defense in Melbourne released a request for proposals (RFP) soliciting industry interest in providing capability options and demonstrations for evaluating the prospects for integrating a defensive aids suite on its army’s Australia Light Armored Vehicle (ASLAV) to improve its survivability and situational awareness. The point of contact is Jason Tait at (03) 9282-6603, e-mail jason.tait2@defence.gov.au. ❍ India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) announced last month that its Defense Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) laboratory in Bangalore had developed an indoor antenna test range facility, the first of its kind in India, to characterize both electronic support measures (ESM) and electronic countermeasures (ECM) antennas. DRDO said the facility covers a wide range for pattern characterization and also can measure direction-finding accuracy. The DARE lab has recently been upgrading the avionics of India’s Russianbuilt MiG-27 fighter aircraft. a 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2009 TERMA IRCM POD SELECTED FOR TORNADO GR4 Terma (Lystrup, Denmark) was awarded a contract by BAE Systems last month to supply its Modular Countermeasures Pod (MCP) for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft under an accelerated program. The RAF wants to improve the IR countermeasures capability of these aircraft as they assume a greater role in NATO air operations in Afghanistan this summer and require improved self-protection against manportable shoulder-launched IR-guided missiles. Deliveries of the MCP will occur this spring. The pod for the Tornado GR4 is a derivative of the Terma’s MCP that includes missile approach warning sensors and flare dispensers and is designed to work at the high speeds and low altitudes flown by the Tornado GR4. The MCP is operational on several other aircraft in the UK, Germany and The Netherlands. – G. Goodman

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JED - February 2009
Contents
The View From Here
Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Charting the Course of Indian EW
What's Next in Data Recorders?
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
2009 AOC Industry and Institute/University Member Guide
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - February 2009 - Contents
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JED - February 2009 - The View From Here
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JED - February 2009 - Calendar
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JED - February 2009 - From the President
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JED - February 2009 - The Monitor
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