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world report EWMS SELECTED FOR CANADIAN CHINOOKS The Boeing Company, having won a $1.15 billion order for 15 CH-47F Chinooks from Canada last month, has tapped Danish EW house Terma A/S to supply its ALQ-213 EW Management System (EWMS) on the helicopters. The systems will manage the Chinook’s radar warning receiver, missile warning system, laser warning receiver and flare dispensers. The aircraft may also be outfitted with directed IR countermeasures systems. EWMS development and subsystem integration work will be carried out by Terma’s North American business unit in Warner Robins, GA. The Chinooks are designated CH-147s in Canadian service. Boeing will deliver the Chinooks in 2013 and 2014. The selection follows an agreement in March between the two companies to explore collaborative opportunities. Terma is conducting a trade study to evaluate the feasibility of integrating Terma’s 3-Dimensional Audio and Active Noise Reduction technology on Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. – JED Staff BRAZILIAN FIGHTER COMPETITION DECISION NEARS The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira or FAB) FX-2 fighter competition is gathering speed. Last month, to expedite the administrative process, the Brazilian Government made a preliminary request to the US for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Although Brazil has not yet selected an aircraft, the request enables Boeing to move as quickly as possible with deliveries if the Super Hornet is selected. The request detailed the Super Hornet package on offer. The EW suite includes 36 ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receivers from Raytheon, 36 ALQ-214 RF Countermeasures subsystems from ITT Electronic Systems, 112 ALE-50 Towed Decoys from Raytheon and 40 ALE-47 chaff/flare dispensers from Symetrics. It is not clear if Brazil will be cleared to receive the ALE-55 Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy when it becomes available. The Super Hornet is competing against the Rafale from France and the JAS-39 Gripen NG from Sweden. The Rafale is equipped with the Spectra EW suite from Thales and MBDA. While the Gripen offer includes the EWS39 along with some recently developed upgrades. The Rafale and the Gripen bids reportedly include substantial cooperative technology development, including EW and radar work, with Brazil. The technology transfer offer with Super Hornet is restricted primarily to component technology. As early as next month, the FAB could select a winner for the initial order of 36 aircraft. Eventual follow-on orders could boost the total to 120 aircraft. – J. Knowles EW COMPANIES VIE FOR AUSSIE NAVAL EW CONTRACT Later this year, Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) is expected to select an EW system for the Royal Australian Navy’s three new Hobart-Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs). Four companies were invited to submit bids earlier this year. The AWD is based on the F100 frigate design and two of the selected bidders have already integrated systems onto that class. Indra of Spain is offering its SLQ-380, a variant of which is installed on F100s in service with the Spanish Navy. US EW manufacturer ITT Electronic Systems is bidding its CS-3701 ESM system which has been integrated onto the Norwegian Navy’s Nansen-Class F100 ships. ITT recently announced that it is teaming with two local companies, Jenkins Engineering and Avalon Systems. Thales of France is bidding a solution from its Vigile family. Elisra of Israel is offering its NS9003A, which is in service with the Israeli Navy and the Singaporean Navy. The Royal Australian Navy is buying three AWDs with deliveries beginning in 2014 and running through 2017. The EW suite selected for the AWDs could be selected for other Royal Australian Navy ships, such as the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) at a future date. – JED Staff 26 The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2009 IN BRIEF ❍ TCI International, Inc. (Fremont, CA) completed Factory Acceptance Testing Aug. 5 of three 802C Radio Intercept and Direction Finding (DF) systems to protect the Amazon Basin region in Brazil. The systems, which include the capability for remote receiver control, audio monitoring, digital signal decoding and audio recording, will allow the Brazilian government to identify and locate radio communications throughout the Amazon Jungle to help control illegal activities such as border crossing, tree cutting and poaching. ❍ India last month began conducting flight trials of its five candidate aircraft for the Indian Air Force’s Multirole Combat Aircraft (MRCA) program. The IAF is being offered the MiG-35, Rafale, Eurofighter, JAS39 Gripen, F-16IN and F/A-18E/F. The trials will include assessments of each aircraft’s EW suite. ❍ Egypt has requested the Foreign Military Sale of six CH-47 Chinook helicopters at an estimated cost of $308 million. The potential deal includes six APR-39A(V)1 radar warning receivers with mission data sets. ❍ The United Arab Emirates has requested the sale of various defense items for its AH-64 Apaches helicopters. The package includes 21 APR39A(V)4 radar warning receivers and 15 AAR-57 missile warning systems, as well as Hellfire missiles and radars.a

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JED - September 2009
The View From Here
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Washington Report
World Report
Defeating Threats to Large Aircraft
The Threat Test Resource Gap
EW 101
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JED - September 2009