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world repor t AUSTRALIA SELECTS EW FOR DESTROYERS Australia’s Defense Minister, Greg Combet, has announced that the Royal Australian Navy has selected ITT Electronic Systems to supply the EW systems on its Hobart-Class Air Warfare Destroyers. ITT’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems business in Morgan Hill, CA, will supply its ES-3701-02S radar ESM system. ITT’s teammate, Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio, TX), will supply its MBS-567A communications ESM system. ITT is also working with two local firms, Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems (Matraville, New South Wales) and Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems (Mawson Lakes, South Australia). According to Combet, Avalon will upgrade its digital receiver and integrate it with the CS-3701 system. Jenkins will provide its low-band receiver as part of the communications ESM portion of the system. It will also provide land-based testing of the complete EW system and manage system installation and testing on the ships. The contract, valued at AUS$30 million (US$27.7 million), calls for EW systems for the three Hobart-Class destroyers (a variant of the Spanish F105 frigate) that the Royal Australian Navy is building at BAE Systems Australia. The first ship is scheduled to enter service in 2014. In late 2008, the destroyer project awarded an AUS$5 million contract to Terma A/S to provide its Mk 137 Soft Kill Weapon System (SKWS) trainable decoy launcher, which will be integrated with the EW system. ITT’s bid was selected in competition against Thales, Elisra and Indra. The contract could lead to additional business. The Royal Australian Navy may designate the Hobart-Class EW suite for its two Canberra-Class landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships in the near future, and it may build a fourth Hobart-Class destroyer. – J. Knowles MULTIFUNCTION AESA DEMONSTRATOR PROGRAM CONTINUES Italian and Swedish defense officials have agreed to jointly fund the third phase of a three-phase Multi-role Active Electronically Scanned Antenna (MAESA) program that will demonstrate a multifunction phased array system for airborne, naval and ground applications. During the third phase, an industrial team, led by Selex Sistemi Integrati and including Saab and Elettronica, is scheduled to begin development of a demonstrator unit in the last quarter of 2010. The M-AESA program objective is to develop and demonstrate an ultra-wideband system that can perform radar and EW functions as well as communications. From this research, engineers at the companies will gain a better understanding of the technologies and the scalable system architecture required for an operational M-AESA. Phase 2 work has focused on development of a new system architecture for multifunction systems and a generic and multi-application building blocks for future M-AESA products, in addition to defining the Phase 3 system demonstrator. Compared to existing federated systems, the M-AESA concept could offer better coordination between radar and EW functions on an aircraft or a ship and provide significantly improved overall situational awareness at lower operation and maintenance costs. The use of a scalable and open architecture should make upgrades quicker and less expensive. The consortium, together with the Swedish and Italian MODs, has established a preliminary program plan to design, manufacture and evaluate a Phase 3 demonstrator, with development to start in the last quarter of 2010 and continue through 2014. – L. Peruzzi and J. Knowles a 28 The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2010 UAE SELECTS EW FOR FALAJ 2 CORVETTES The United Arab Emirates’ new stealth corvettes, being built by Fincantieri shipbuilding company under the “Falaj 2” program, will be equipped with a similar EW suite to those being installed or procured for the Abu Dhabi ASW corvette class and the retrofit of Mubarraz and Murajib fast patrol boats in service with the United Arab Emirates Navy. Characterized by a new design, featuring advanced low-observable characteristics, including shaped superstructures, an enclosed mast system incorporating the main multifunctional radar, conformal antennas and retractable weapon systems launchers, the 500-ton, 55-meter vessels will feature an armament encompassing a 76/62 mm Super Rapid gun, four anti-ship MBDA Exocet missiles and six vertically-launched MBDA MICA-VL surface-to-air missiles. The vessels will feature the IPN-S combat system from Selex Sistemi Integrati and an EW suite comprising an Elettronica Seal-L ESM system and two Rheinmetall Multi-Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) chaff and flare decoy systems. The UAE Navy has ordered two stealth corvettes to be built in Italy with deliveries scheduled for the second half of 2012. The contract also includes an option for two additional vessels and a technology transfer agreement to construct and support these vessels at a local shipyard. – L. Peruzzi

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

JED - May 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
European EW
The Future for Airborne Expendables
Protecting Low-Cost and Non-Traditional Platforms
Technology Survey: Missile Warning Systems
New Products
EW 101
Book Review
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - May 2010