JED - September 2009 - (Page 30)

30 By Glenn Goodman W hen it comes to combat survivability, transport aircraft pose many unique challenges. Hampered by slow speeds, poor maneuverability, large radar cross-sections and substantial infrared signatures, these aircraft have traditionally achieved survivability by flying far outside high- and medium threat areas. However, with the increased pace of peacekeeping operations during the 1990s and the even less structured bat- tlespace of today’s Global War on Terror, transport aircraft often must fly near (and sometimes directly over) hostile areas, where they are vulnerable to IR threats during take-offs, landings and air-drops. In addition, the proliferation of advanced, long-range radar-guided surface-to-air missiles is also becoming a problem for transport aircraft because they increase the threat zones and limit the ability for transport aircraft to fly avoidance routes. With a very limited menu of combat survivability solu- tions, transport aircraft rely heavily on EW self-protection systems to ensure they can complete their missions. TAILORED PROTECTION FOR TRANSPORTS Up through the 1990s, most transport aircraft around the world either carried no self-protection equipment or were outfitted with relatively standard radar warning receivers, missile warning systems and chaff/flare dispensers. Flares (and unique flare pat-

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

JED - September 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Defeating Threats to Large Aircraft
The Threat Test Resource Gap
EW 101
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - September 2009