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world repor t INDIA HOLDS FIRST EW CONFERENCE By all accounts, the first iteration of the EW India 2010 Conference, held in Bangalore last month, was a success. More than 90 technical papers were presented during the two-day event, and the show floor featured companies from the US, Europe, Israel and, of course, India. The event, organized by the Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) and the Shephard Group, attracted a large audience, mostly from within India. Officials from Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), India’s largest defense electronics manufacturer, said that EW was increasingly accounting for a larger share of the company’s earnings. Over the next decade, the company expects revenue from EW programs to total approximately Rs 22,500 crore (US $4.8 billion). About $1.7 billion of that total could be contracted in the next two years. Approximately 800 of the company’s employees work on EW programs. BEL officials also said the company is establishing a research center in Bangalore that will employ 20 engineers who will focus on developing EW and electro-optic technologies. Also at the conference, officials from the Defence Electronics and Research Laboratory (DLRL) announced development of a new satellite with SIGINT capabilities. Developed jointly by DLRL and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the satellite is scheduled for launch into low-earth orbit in 2014. During the event, local EW officials announced the formation of a new India chapter of the AOC. AOC Executive Director Don Richetti attended the ceremony and formally welcomed the new chapter. – JED Staff FRENCH ARMY SELECTS EW FOR HELOS France’s military procurement authority, Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA), has awarded a contract to Thales Airborne Systems (Elancourt Cedex, France) for delivery of eight multi-spectral self-protection suites. The suites will be installed on five EC725 Caracal helicopters currently under production for the French Army’s Special Operations Squadron. The EW suite will comprise Thales’ Sherloc SF radar warning receiver and MWS-20 Damien pulse-Doppler missile warning system, the RALM laser warning receiver from Selex Galileo and the ELIPS-NG chaff and flare dispenser from MBDA. Thales will integrate the EW suite and install it on the helicopters. The French Army ordered the five EC725 helicopters in 2009. They will join eight other French Army EC725s operated in the special operations support role. The French Air Force also operates six EC725s, which are configued for combat search and rescue missions. Bth EC725 variants have played an important role in Afghanistan operations. – J. Knowles The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2010 In Brief ❍ The Government of Pakistan is planning to acquire an Oliver Hazard Perry-Class Frigate from the US via Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channels for $78 million. The deal reportedly will include the ship’s SLQ-(V)2 EW system. ❍ Saab has selected the SKYWARD B IR search and track (IRST) system from Selex Galileo for its Gripen NG fighter aircraft. This follows the 2009 selection of Selex’s Raven ES-05 active electronically scanned array radar for the Gripen NG. ❍ The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has opted to delay its decision to upgrade 12 of its new F/A-18F Super Hornets to the EA-18G “Growler Lite” configuration, according to a February 18 article from Flight International. The RAAF passed on an opportunity to buy the ALQ-218 ESM system for 12 of its 24 new Super Hornets, which are currently in production. It can revisit the decision anytime in the future, but installing the capability on the production line was understood to be the least expensive option. ❍ The Indian Armed Forces released three new joint operational doctrine publications last month. The three documents are titled, “Joint Doctrine for Electronic Warfare,” “Joint Doctrine for Sub Conventional Operations,” and “Joint Doctrine for Maritime Air Operations.” Gen Deepak Kapoor, Chief of the Army Staff and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, announced the release at a ceremony in Delhi. “The Joint Doctrines collectively aver that it may be more appropriate to call the battlefield of future as battle space, since wars would be fought not only in air, on land and sea but also in cyberspace, on electronic fronts, along information highways and media fronts,” said a press statement. The three doctrine publications were written by the Doctrine Directorate of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff. ❍ BAE Systems Australia expects to achieve a major milestone in its Nulka decoy program, soon, when it produces its 1,000th unit. The decoy is used by approximately 130 ships in the Royal Australian Navy, Canadian Navy and US Navy. a

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

JED - March 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Modernizing EW Ranges
Shooting Down the Good Guys
USAF EW Sustainment
Technology Survey: TWTs and MPMs
EW 101
AOC News
Industry/Institute/University Members
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - March 2010