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world repor t FINNISH AIR FORCE CONTRACTS FOR NEW SIGINT AIRCRAFT The Finnish Air Force’s Materiel Command has awarded a US$100 million contract to Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services Defense (IS&GS-Defense) for the delivery of an airborne surveillance system to be installed on board a new Airbus Military C-295M tactical transport aircraft. The new aircraft will replace the Air Force’s Fokker F.27-100 aircraft that is currently used in a SIGINT role. Airbus Military will provide the C295M platform and Lockheed Martin will integrate and deliver the aircraft’s surveillance system, modify the C-295M platform to accommodate it and test the final airborne configuration. Lockheed Martin will also supply the ground stations, communications terminals to support the airborne system, and provide one year of logistics support. Delivery is scheduled for 2013. Although Lockheed Martin will not comment on the mission system, it is reportedly a roll-on/roll-off palletized SIGINT suite. Subsystems will be supplied by Rockwell Collins, Applied Signal Technology, DRS Technologies, L-3 Communications, and AdamWorks. Finland’s Patria group will provide aircraft modification support and maintain the mission and ground systems. The SIGINT suite that Lockheed Martin will provide to the Finnish Air Force will leverage work that it has done for its Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (AML). The mission system will feature an open and modular architecture to allow future system upgrades for evolving mission needs, according to the company. Lockheed Martin will also use the AML to perform risk reduction and early mission testing for the C-295M. The Finnish Air Force already flies two C-295M aircraft in a transport role. – L. Peruzzi NORWAY OUTLINES EW PROCUREMENT PLANS Norway’s Ministry of Defense has released “Future Acquisitions for the Norwegian Armed Forces 2010-2017” (FANAF 2010-2017) in which it outlines its major new programs for the next several years. The document was updated in February, but was only recently made public by the MOD. In the FANAF report, the government outlines the MOD’s long-term materiel plans. These include three major EW projects. One program, designated P 7509, is the Norwegian Air Force’s effort to upgrade the radar warning receivers on its F-16 aircraft. This is scheduled for an approval decision this year, with a contract for 57 RWRs, as well as spare parts, to be awarded in 2010 or 2011. Delivery is scheduled for completion in 2014. This project is estimated to cost NOK 100-300 million (US$15-45 million). Another Air Force project is the upgrade of its DA-20 Falcon aircraft. One is used as a VIP aircraft to transport government officials and the royal family. Two others are operated by 717 Squadron based at Rygge Air Station and are used for EW training. Project P 7644 would provide new self-protection equipment (including the ALQ-213 EW Management System), multi-band radios and an internal communications system. This project will undergo an approval decision in 2011, with a contract scheduled for 2012 and completed delivery in 2015. The estimated cost is NOK 100-300 million (US$15-45 million). The point of contact for P 7509 and P 7644 is the MOD’s Air Systems Advisor, André Sørli, at +47 23 09 80 00. The Norwegian Army is considering a counter-IED program (P 2551) that is yet to be defined, but is likely to include several components for portable and vehicle-mounted applications. Also estimated at between NOK 100-300 million (US$15-45 million), this project is listed a “possible” rather than “planned.” It is scheduled for contract award in 2011, and deliveries are to be completed by 2014. The point of contact for this effort is the Logistics Systems Program Manager, Maj Tom Juliussen, at +47 23 09 80 00. – J. Knowles 26 The Journal of Electronic Defense | July 2010 FRENCH ARMY AND NAVY BUY EW PROGRAMMING STATIONS France’s military procurement agency, Direction générale pour l’armement (DGA), has ordered 50 EW programming stations from Thales Airborne Systems (Elancourt Cedex, France) for seven families of helicopters in service in the French Army and the French Navy. The programming stations will be used for two main functions. They will support pre-mission upload of threat libraries into the helicopters’ self-protection systems. They will also provide post-mission collection and analysis for recorded data from the helicopters’ RWRs. This will enable threat libraries to be updated for future operations. The French Army will receive 26 EW programming stations, which it will use to support the EW systems on its EC 725 HUS Cougar, Tiger Standard 1&2, NH90, Gazelle and Puma helicopters. The French Navy will receive 24 stations, which will be used to support the EW systems on its Panther helicopters. Both services previously used different EW programming stations for each helicopter model. Thales will deliver the programming stations for customer qualification in late 2011, with final deliveries scheduled for early 2012. – J. Knowles a

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JED - July 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
SIGINT for Special Mission Aircraft
Fighter Aircraft EW: Shifting from Defense to Attack
Technology Survey: Airborne Radar Jammers
EW 101
AOC News
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