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world report CANADIAN NAVY BUYS NAVAL DECOYS The Canadian government has awarded a five-year, $23 million contract to Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Schneizlreuth, Germany) to deliver Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) decoy launchers and decoy rounds for its Halifax-Class frigates. The buy is part of a larger modernization program that will enable the frigates to operate more effectively in littoral waters. Under the terms of the contract, Rheinmetall will deliver 14 MASS systems. Twelve systems will be installed onboard the frigates, and the remaining two will be delivered to onshore support facilities. The MASS, which was introduced in 2002, uses a programmable, trainable launcher to deploy RF and IR decoys, as well as obscurants. It has become popular among European navies and also has been sold to the UAE. The Halifax contract marks its first sale to Canada. The MASS will replace the AN/SLQ502 SHIELD II Type 200 decoy launcher system currently installed on the frigates. MASS will be integrated into the ships’ self-defense system, which will include a new radar ESM system from Elisra and the legacy SLQ-503 radar jammer. The ships also use the AN/SRD-504 combat direction-finding system made by Southwest Research Institute (SWRI). Last year, the Navy began taking deliveries of the Sirius IR Search and Track system from Thales Nederland and DRS Technologies Canada. Deliveries of the MASS launchers will begin in 2010 and run until 2014. – M. Kunkel and J. Knowles IN BRIEF EDA TO STUDY MULTIFUNCTION RADAR TECHNOLOGIES The European Defence Agency (EDA) in Brussels has signed a €21 million (US$27.3 million) contract with a consortium of four leading European radar manufacturers to begin studying new technologies for compact, lightweight multifunction radars. The project, named Studies for Integrated Multifunction Compact Lightweight Airborne Radars and Systems (SIMCLAIRS), began last month. During the 48-month effort, Saab AB (Sweden), Thales Systèmes Aéroportés (France), Thales UK Ltd. (UK) and Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems (UK) will develop multifunction RF sensor technologies that can be integrated into UAV payloads. The companies will focus on research in the areas of synthetic aperture radar/moving target indicator (SAR/MTI), foliage penetrating (FOPEN) radar, ESM and possibly communications. The project will use a relatively new mechanism called the Innovation and Technology Partnership (ITP) that will enable “free flow of technology and information across national boundaries between the participating entities,” according to an announcement from the EDA. The consortium is expected to issue two open calls for Research Supplier Proposals during the project. – J. Knowles ❍ Germany’s Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) is planning to acquire RF simulators to evaluate the performance of ALR-95(V)2 ESM systems installed on the German navy’s eight P-3C Orion aircraft. Tenders are due May 7. The contract office can be reached by phone at +49 (0) 261 400 5318, e-mail ❍ Ampex Data Systems has received a contract to supply its miniR 700 airborne data recorder systems to the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre - Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) unit. The multi-channel data recorders will be used in the EWOS Common Multiplex Bus Recorder (CMBR) program. In addition to supplying the airborne recorder systems, Ampex will provide post-mission processing software and training. ❍ The Indian air force (IAF) has canceled its request for tenders for 22 attack helicopters after two US bidders pulled out of the competition and the remaining bids did not meet the IAF’s requirements. The helicopters were to be outfitted with an advanced EW suite capable of identifying and geolocating threat radars. The IAF is expected to issue a new RFP soon, but deliveries could be delayed from 2010 to 2012. a 26 The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2009 HELLENIC NAVY BUYS NAVAL ESM SYSTEMS The Hellenic Navy has selected a range of Thales equipment, including ESM systems, for its two newest Roussen-Class fast attack craft (FAC). The two FACs are being built by Elefsis Shipbuilding & Industrial Enterprises in Greece under license from BVT Surface Fleet Ltd. in the UK. The 62-meter vessels each will be fitted with Thales’ Tacticos combat management system, DR3000 ESM system, MW08 medium-range surveillance radar, Sting EO Mk2 fire-control radar and the Mirador electro-optic weaponcontrol system. Thales will be responsible for integrating the sensors with the combat management system. The Hellenic Navy has outfitted its five earlier Roussen-Class vessels, ordered in 2000 and 2003, with similar Thales naval equipment. The two newest vessels will be delivered in 2012 and 2013. – J. Knowles

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JED - May 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Protecting Helicopters
Ground-Based COMINT Steps Up
Roost Profile
EW 101
AOC News
Index to Advertisers
JED Sales Offices
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