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world report INDIA FIGHTER CONTEST HEADED FOR FLIGHT TRIALS Published reports from the Paris Air Show indicate that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will begin flight trials this month for the six jets vying to become the country’s new medium multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA). According to the reports, letters of invitation have been sent to all manufacturers whose jets are up for consideration, which include the Dassault Rafale, Saab Gripen, Boeing F/A-18, Lockheed Martin F-16, the MiG-35 and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Though trials were set to be complete by March of 2010, some manufacturers may not be able to send aircraft to the region until September, which means hot weather tests to be done in Indian desert conditions would have to wait until July 2010. IAF Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik said the trials schedule would be constrained, as humidity checks would be done in Bangalore before aircraft were moved to Jaisalmer for hot weather tests and then to Leh for cold weather and height tests. “The evaluations would be in sequence, one after the other, starting from Bangalore.” Naik said in one report. “In India, the aircraft would be subjected to performance trials which would include takeoff and landing characteristics, aircraft maneuvering, and checks of certain systems in the air. Evaluation of its maintainability, mission support equipment, operations at high altitude and in specific environments will also be conducted. Analyses of some aspects operations of its avionics, radar and Electronic Warfare (EW) systems along with live firing of long range weapons would be conducted at vendor-specific locations.” The Indian MRCA replacement jet has been highly competitive because even at the base order of 126 aircraft, and even with requested offsets and technology transfer requirements, it’s still valued at nearly $10 billion – perhaps more with additional options for add-on aircraft that might be needed because the IAF hasn’t made any significant combat acquisitions since the 1980s. The timeline for aircraft selection is 2013-2014, with initial planes being provided within three years. – E. Richardson IN BRIEF ❍ The government of Egypt has requested the purchase of 12 Block II AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters, along with associated equipment, parts, training and support at an estimated cost of $820 million. The sale includes 14 ALQ-144(V)3 infrared jammers and 14 APR39B(V)2 radar signal detecting sets. ❍ Norway announced that it intends to purchase six radar electronic support measures (ESM) systems for its ULA-class submarines and issued an invitation to industry for pre-qualification. Requests to participate were due late last month. The program point of contact is Kristina Ringheim, +47 55 50 30 63, ❍ Lockheed Martin (Marietta, GA) has signed a contract with Oman for a C-130J to be delivered in 2012. Oman, which currently operates a fleet of three C-130Hs purchased in the early 1980s, is adding the new aircraft the longer C-130J-30 configuration. ❍ The French company Etienne Lacroix Tous Artifices S.A. (Muret, France) will be awarded a sole-source contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (Crane, IN) for expendable countermeasure flare decoys to be evaluated under the US DOD’s Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program. On May 18, DGA (France’s defense procurement agency) awarded the company a contract worth $18.8 million, funded under the nation’s economic recovery plan, to produce flare decoys for French military helicopters. The Journal of Electronic Defense | July 2009 25 SHIP-LAUNCHED DECOY REMAINS IN DEMAND BAE Systems Australia received its 11th successive annual production order from the Australian government last month for Nulka anti-ship missile offboard decoy rounds, extending production to 2012. They will be used by the Australian, US and Canadian navies. Nulka is a highly effective, shiplaunched, rocket-propelled active decoy. Developed under a joint Australian-US program, it employs a broadband radio-frequency repeater mounted atop a hovering rocket. After launch, the 6.5-foot-long, 8-inch diameter decoy radiates a large ship-like radar signature while flying a trajectory that lures incoming radar-guided anti-ship missiles away from the target ship. BAE Systems Australia developed the hovering rocket; Lockheed Martin Sippican provides Nulka’s electronic payload and fire-control system, and Aerojet supplies its rocket motor. To date, a total of about 860 Nulka rounds have been produced by BAE and installed on more than 125 surface combatant ships of the three navies. – G. Goodman

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - July 2009

JED - July 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Advancing TWT Technology
Technology Survey: COMINT/DF Receivers
EW 101
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
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JED - July 2009