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world report AUSTRALIA MAY BUY EA-18 “GROWLER LITE” The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has exercised a $35 million option in its F/A-18E/F contract with Boeing which will enable it to upgrade part of its Super Hornet fleet to the Growler configuration. The decision, announced in late February, calls for Boeing to modify 12 of the 24 Super Hornets the RAAF has ordered from Boeing to be modified to accept ESM and EA upgrades in the future. Boeing is offering a version of the EA18G Growler, dubbed Growler Lite, which would provide an ESM-only capability. The US Navy version of the Growler uses the ALQ-218 ESM system from Northrop Grumman. This is presumably what the RAAF would buy. The Growler Lite configuration does not include ALQ-99 jamming pods, although the RAAF could eventually buy these pods if and when they are retired from US Navy service. Another option open to the RAAF is to buy support-jamming pods from another source, assuming the US grants permission and the integration cost is not prohibitive. Elisra of Israel and Elettronica of Italy are marketing support-jamming pods for strike aircraft. While much has been made of the RAAF’s Growler Lite decision, it is in the very early stages and will most likely be an incrementally acquired capability. The RAAF can wait until 2010 to decide whether or not it wants to buy the ALQ218 ESM systems that it would need for the Growler Lite configuration. It would then consider its options for acquiring electronic attack systems. – M. Kunkel and J. Knowles IN BRIEF ❍ BAE Systems Australia (Adelaide, Australia) confirmed March 11 the successful flight test of its Electronic Warfare Self-Protection (EWSP) system, or “Echidna,” for the Australian Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The system, which has radar warning and missile warning receivers and a countermeasures dispensing system, plus options for additional sensors and countermeasures for larger platforms, was tested in a pod mounted on a Lear jet. More f light tests are scheduled next month. ❍ India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Anna University, also of India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in late February to make official their joint research and development of combat vehicles and systems. The two groups have worked previously on developing combat vehicles, but the agreement formalized their five-year goal to produce 12 vehicles for the India-built Arjun main battle tank (MBT) program, which will include laser warning systems, automatic target tracking systems and other defensive aids. ❍ ITT Electronic Systems (Clifton, NJ) has received a $99.8 million contract to deliver ALQ-211(V)4 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Systems (AIDEWS) and countermeasures dispensing systems for the Turkish Air Force’s 30 new F-16 Block 50M aircraft. The three-year contract, made through US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channels, calls for the company to produce, customize and install the systems beginning in 2010. Poland, Oman, Chile and Pakistan have also ordered the AIDEWS for their F-16s ❍ Raytheon (Goleta, CA) was awarded a $9.9 million contract to supply products and engineering services for its ALR-67(V)3 digital radar warning receiver (RWR) on F/A-18 A-F aircraft owned by the US Navy, Canada, Australia and Switzerland. Most of the contract work, negotiated through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channels, will go toward the US Navy, with 15 percent to each of the international users. Work will take place in Goleta; Point Mugu, CA; and China Lake, CA; and is scheduled for completion by February 2011. ❍ Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) (Hyderabad, India) and Hyderabadbased Astra Microwave Products Ltd. Corporation, in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in late February, agreed to jointly launch a company that designs and develops microwave components and subsystems for weapons systems, including radars and electronic warfare (EW) systems, for Indian and international customers. Astra Microwave manufactures radio-frequency (RF) and microwave components for defense applications. ❍ Elettronica S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy) and Global Force Capital (Abu Dhabi, UAE) announced in late February their plans to build a gold and silver refinery in Abu Dhabi. Slated to be the largest dual refinery in the region, the facility will cost $18.3 million. It represents Elettronica’s efforts to meet its offset obligations in its defense equipment dealings with the UAE Armed Forces, and was encouraged by UAE’s Offset Program Bureau, which aims to diminish the supply-demand gap for gold and silver in the region. Global Force Capitol Chairman Khalid Ahmed Al Mansoor will own 51 percent of the refinery, with Elettronica and other investors owning the rest. a 24 | April 2009 The Journal of Electronic Defense

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JED - April 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Lethal SEAD
Airborne SIGINT Forecast
RF Power Sources for IED Jammers
Roost Profile
EW 101
AOC News
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