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world repor t THALES LICENSED FOR DIGITAL RESM EXPLOITATION Thales UK has signed a license deal with the technology transfer arm of the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) that allows it to commercialize patented digital radar electronic support measures (RESM) technology now entering service with the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) surface fleet as Outfit UAT Mod 2. The move paves the way for Thales to begin marketing an export derivative RESM solution to international navies. The upgrade of the legacy UAT Mod 1 RESM system to Mod 2 standard exploits direct RF sampling and wideband digital receiver technology matured under the umbrella of the Daphne and DART (Digital Advanced Receiver Technology) research and demonstration programs. Dstl has led the Daphne and DART programs, with Thales its prime industry partner. Now, under the terms of an agreement signed by Thales and Ploughshare Innovations Ltd, the company can exploit the same technology for non-UK markets. Ploughshare Innovations is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dstl established to license intellectual property developed using Ministry of Defence research funding. The initial UAT Mod 2.0 system, developed by Thales under an accelerated program, is already fielded on the RN Type 45 destroyers HMS Daring and HMS Diamond. These pre-production fits, using technology developed in the DART program, have served to prove the technology operationally and de-risk a follow-on Mod 2.1/Mod 2.3 main production program announced by the company in May 2012. This will see full-production standard UAT Mod 2 RESM installations rolled out across the RN surface fleet from late 2014. Using the same core digital receiver technology, Thales is now working on an export derivative - given the product name DPX – which will be formally launched later in 2012. In parallel, the company is examining how the same technology could be used in land-based and airborne applications. – R. Scott FARNBOROUGH EW WRAP-UP Last month’s Farnborough International offered manufacturers an international opportunity to show off some of their new or ongoing EW efforts. As part of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program, Advanced Technologies Group, Inc. (ATGI) of Stuart, FL, presented its High Powered Ram Air Turbine (HiRAT) design. Compared to ALQ-99’s 27-kW capacity, the NGJ program has a 60-kW threshold power requirement. According to the company, the 25-in. diameter HiRAT can deliver 140 kW at 220 knots calibrated air speed at 25,000 ft. As the turbine is located in the middle of the proposed pod, it provides all-around coverage for the AESA antennas as described in the NGJ requirement. The “feathers” of HiRAT can be closed when not in use, therefore lowering the drag, which is important to utilize the flight envelope of the primary NGJ platform, the EA-18G Growler. The turbine is directly coupled to the generator, and the lack of a gearbox allowed for lowering the weight of the system. ATGI representatives at Farnborough expressed their willingness to work with the main contenders of the NGJ program, some of which have their own turbine designs. Developed from the external gun pod developed for the F-35B and C models, Denmark’s Terma presented a Multi Mission Pod for the first time. The lightweight capsule is said to retain low observable (LO) features, while providing room for additional sensors and electronic attack payloads. The Danish firm also announced the start of a Reliability, Maintainability and Performance (RMP) upgrade for its ALQ-213(V) Electronic Warfare Management System, which was introduced into service 20 years ago, and is operated by 16 countries. The new version is undergoing test and will be ready by October 2013. Elbit Systems showed its J-MUSIC directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system, which is based on the commercial C-MUSIC system selected to protect Israeli airliners from man-portable air defense systems. Compared to its predecessor, which is integrated into a single underfuselage pod, J-MUSIC is to be fitted directly to the platform. JMUSIC is said to already be selected by Brazil, Israel and Italy both for fixedand rotary-wing aircraft. Selex Sistemi Integrati presented its Aulos Passive Coherent Locator (PCL) radar, which relies on reflections from digital TV and FM radio transmissions to locate airborne targets including low-observable aircraft operating under strict EMCON discipline. Shortly after the show, Cassidian announced its own passive radar, which is being evaluated for military as well as government air traffic control applications. – G. Zord 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2012 IN BRIEF ❍ The Estonian Defence Forces have selected the EWare EW data management solution from Systematic (Sleaford, UK). The country will use EWare to support day-to-day reprogramming and data management of its EW systems. ❍ According to press reports, the US and Israeli governments have reached an agreement that will enable Israel to integrate domestic EW technology into the F-35 aircraft it buys after 2016. Under the deal, Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT – Elisra (Bene Beraq, Israel) will supply EW technology that will be integrated into the F-35’s ASQ239 EW system, which is manufactured by BAE Systems Electronic Solutions (Nashua, NH). a

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
EW and SIGINT Payloads for UAVs
EW Careers: The Changing Market
Technology Survey: FPGA Boards
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers

JED - August 2012