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world report UK IMPROVING AIR-LAND EW INTEGRATION As a result of its military’s experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) is taking some organizational steps to improve electronic warfare (EW) support for its forces, including better use of air platforms and stronger cooperation between strategic “collectors” and ground units. As RAF Wing Commander PJ Wallace told attendees during a presentation at the AOC EW Pavilion at the Farnborough Air Show in July, “We really understand the benefits of joining coherently the air and ground EW elements to better support our troops on the ground.” Wallace has been part of a three-member team that has been the key EW policy and operational requirements advisory group under the Joint Strike Element of the Directorate of Joint Capability (DJtCap) within the UK MOD. Last month, his EW organization moved to the Force Protection Element within DJtCap to become part of a three- to four-member team dedicated to this area. He noted that a substantial percentage of the urgent operational requirements emanating from British units in Iraq and Afghanistan, which support the priority to equip and train for operations, have been in the force protection area, and that the UK needs to continue to focus on countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and infrared-guided (IR) threats. The Air Platform Protection Operational Evaluation Unit (APP OEU) at RAF Waddington has been a workhorse in improving aircraft defenses against current threats in Iraq and Afghanistan, he noted. Many of its equipment trials take place on the MOD’s ranges. Wallace himself this month is taking command of RAF Spadeadam, the UK’s large Air EW training and tactics facility. “The facility is no longer just focused around fast jets and airborne electronic attack/defense. The remit has already expanded and we have ideas about how we can bring the counter-IED piece to it to help train troops on the ground.” He added, “As a result of the necessary priority given to the current conflicts, most of our focus at the moment is directed toward effective defense against IR threats and IEDs. That’s not to say that we’re not concerned about the RF environment; we realize that we need to look further ahead, beyond current theaters and associated threats, to ensure that we are prepared for any emergent threat. We must not take our eye off the RF ball.” The MOD formed a Joint EW Working Group last November, he said. It is designed to bring together all the key EW stakeholders, as well as representatives from front-line commands and from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which runs the UK’s SIGINT activities. – G. Goodman 26 The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2008 TELEDYNE BUYS FILTRONIC’S DEFENSE BUSINESS UNIT The Defense Electronics business of Filtronic PLC (West Yorkshire, UK) has been acquired by Teledyne Limited, a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. (Thousand Oaks, CA), for £13.0 million, about $25 million. The acquisition was finalized last month. Filtronic’s Defense Electronics has been renamed Teledyne Defence Limited. Teledyne Defence Limited manufactures microwave products, including receiver front-end systems, for EW applications. The acquisition is Teledyne’s second from Filtronic PLC. In December 2003, Teledyne bought Filtronic’s US-based Solid State business for $12 million. – M. Kunkel IN BRIEF ❍ Raytheon EW Systems (Goleta, ROK BUYS JAMMERS FOR F-15K AIRCRAFT The Republic of Korea (ROK) has awarded a $74.6 million contract to Northrop Grumman Defensive Systems Division (Rolling Meadows, IL) to supply 21 ALQ-135M jammers for the ROK Air Force’s second batch of F-15K aircraft. Deliveries of the first batch of 39 F-15Ks are winding down, and the ROKAF announced earlier this year that it would purchase the second batch, which will be configured nearly identical to the first buy. In addition to the ALQ-135M, the EW suite is expected to include the ALR-56C(V)1 radar warning receiver and the ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser, though a contract had not been announced by late August. The ALQ-135M is the latest variant of the ALQ-135 jammer and features a new PowerPC-based processor architecture and microwave power module transmitters. Deliveries to the ROKAF are scheduled to begin February 2010 and run through October 2011. – J. Knowles CA) received a $13.7 million order against a previously awarded contract to deliver 174 AN/ALR67(V)3 Enhanced Integrated Antenna Detector Radar Warning Receivers and 173 AN/ALR-67(V)3 Enhanced Antenna Detector Radar Warning Receiver Systems in support of the Canadian Forces for the F/A-18 aircraft; and six Integrated Microwave Integrated Circuits in support of the Swiss Army Armasuisse for the F/A18 aircraft. A majority of the work will be performed under a subcontract to Cobham’s Sensor and Antenna Systems business (Lansdale, PA). ❍ Allen-Vanguard Corp. (Ottawa, Canada) was selected by Lock-

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