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world repor t UK, FRANCE PURSUE ACCOLADE NAVAL DECOY ROUND The UK and France have contracted Thales UK to lead a bilateral technology demonstrator program (TDP) intended to prove key technologies for a future naval active decoy round. Known as ACCOLADE, the four-year research and development activity will include laboratory and flight testing of a prototype system. The intention is to mature the design up to Technology Readiness Level 6/7, opening the way for a next-generation RF anti-ship missile defense countermeasure to meet the needs of the UK Royal Navy and France’s Marine Nationale. Thales UK’s Defence Mission Systems business, teamed with its sister Thales unit in France, was selected to lead the ACCOLADE program ahead of a rival bid from SELEX Galileo. Valued at £14.4 million, the TDP is focusing on an off-board active decoy capable of defeating RF-guided anti-ship cruise missile threats employing advanced signal processing techniques and modern threat flight/transmission characteristics. No details of the ACCOLADE technical solution – either the carrier vehicle or the EW payload – have been released by Thales to date. However, the UK Ministry of Defence said that the system will be fired along a ballistic trajectory, and then slow down to begin jamming. Furthermore, the carrier vehicle will be capable of maneuvering so as to be in an optimum position to either distract or seduce the threat missile. – R. Scott IN BRIEF ❍ India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has opened a new microwave tube facility in Bangalore, according to the Deccan Herald newspaper. The DRDO opened the new JC Bose microwave tube facility at the Microwave Tube R&D Centre. The Centre has recently developed a microwave power module that will be manufactured by Bharat Electronics Ltd. ❍ The French Army has selected Thales Communications (Colombes Cedex, France) to provide throughlife support for 400 IED jammers in service with deployed French Army units. The French Army’s materiel organization (Structure Intégrée du Maintien en condition opérationnelle des Matériels Terrestres - SIMMT), awarded the five-year contract, which calls for the company to maintain several types of jammers from various manufacturers. ❍ The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and local aerospace firm Embraer have signed a contract under which the company will upgrade a second batch of F-5BR fighters. Brazil’s F-5 upgrade program began in 2000 and provided 45 aircraft with new EW systems from Elisra Electronic Systems and new avionics from Elbit Systems. The recent contract covers upgrades for 11 additional aircraft, plus a flight simulator. ❍ After months of negotiations, Airbus Military has signed a new agreement with its A400M launch customers to complete development of the new transport aircraft. Belgium (eight aircraft), France (50), Germany (60), Spain (27) Turkey (10) and the UK (25) each signed the new agreement. This permits work to continue on the A400M’s EW suite, which is being supplied by Indra, Thales, MBDA, EADS and Deihl BGT Defence. ❍ Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems’ EW business unit (Goleta, CA) has been awarded an $84 million contract option to manufacture 87 AN/ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receivers. Of this quantity, 77 will be installed on US Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. The remaining 10 will be delivered to Switzerland for installation on Swiss Air Force F/A-18C/D aircraft. ❍ Selex Galileo announced at last month’s Army Aviation Association of America’s Annual Convention that it has delivered its 250th Aircraft Gateway Processor (AGP) to Boeing Helicopters for installation on AH-64 Apaches. In a related development, MAJ Justin Highey, the US Army’s Assistant Product Manager for the Longbow Apache, announced at the AAAA Convention that the Ground Fire Acquisition System will soon be fielded on Apaches belonging to the 1-101 Aviation Brigade. The hostile fire indicator, which uses the WeaponWatch system from Radiance Technologies, is able to integrate easily on the aircraft via the AGP and uses existing displays in the cockpit rather than dedicated displays, explained LTC Jeff Johnson, product manager, Longbow Apache. ❍ Turkey’s MOD has selected Sikorsky Aircraft to supply 109 T-70 utility helicopters (the Turkish version of the company’s S-70i Blackhawk variant) for Turkish Armed Forces under a $3.4 billion contract. The helicopters will be co-produced in Turkey. The military plans to equip some of the new helicopters to carry out EW and SIGINT missions. Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland subsidiary also competed for the contract. ❍ Chemring Group’s Roke Manor Research has been honored by The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise program, the most prestigious corporate award in the UK, for its Resolve manpack EW system. The company was selected in the Innovation category. a 28 The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2011

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JED - May 2011
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Europe’s Leading EW and SIGINT Programs
TWTs and Beyond: Putting More Power into EW
EW 101
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