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w o rl d report HIGHLIGHTS FROM MAKS 2011 Last month, Russian and other PostSoviet firms showcased their EW products at the MAKS 2011 Aerospace Salon held at Zhukovsy Airfield next to Moscow, where Western EW solutions were also offered for Russian platforms. Russia’s Kaluga Scientific Research Radio Technical Institute (KNIRTI), in association with the Rostechnology marketing firm, displayed the SAP 14 group escort jammer, destined for the Flanker series aircraft (mostly Su-30MK) and Su-32 Fullback. Operating in the D-F band, the massive unit can be fitted onto the centerline of the aircraft with a deep pylon fitted between the engines. It is said to have wide band active antenna arrays, and is using a multi-channel DRFM. Belorussian 558 Aircraft Repair Plant displayed the Satellite self-protection jamming pod which, according to the manufacturer, is working in the old X band. It can be fitted along the standard APU-72 launch rail of the R-73 (AA-11) air-to-air missile. It is known to have been exported to Kazakhstan when its fleet of Su-27 aircraft were the BM and UBM standard. Ukraine’s Adron Research and Development of Kiev displayed the T-32S Adros jamming pod, which combines the Adros KT-3U infrared countermeasures station with KUB 26-50 (both 26- and 50-mm) flare dispensers into a single unit fitted to the side of the aircraft. First and foremost, it is destined for the An-26, 30, 32 series of tactical transports and the An-140 light transport, as well as Mil and Kamov helicopters. According to the manufacturer, its jammer is capable of jamming missile seekers, not just with amplitude-phase modulation (APM), but also with frequency-phase modulation (FPM) and pulse-position modulation (PPM). Italy’s Elettronica had a level of presence at MAKS 2011 similar to shows like Farnborough or the Paris Air Show. Although not confirmed by the company, the ELT/568(V)2 solid state self protection system, which it offered as part of the failed Russian MiG-35 proposal to India, may still have found its way to the Indian Air Force’s MiG-29UPG mid-life upgrade program. Just a clue: the rectangular antenna pod, housing the system’s aft-looking phased array – the mock-up of which has been displayed by Elettronica for years – bears a strong resemblance to the one seen on the MiG-29UPG prototype first flown at Zhukovsky in February. Its location on the base of one of the vertical fins also coincides with the company’s mock-up. – G. Zord CZECH AIR FORCE WANTS C-295 EW PROBLEMS RESOLVED The Czech Air Force has returned a single CASA C-295 transport aircraft to Airbus Military to undergo evaluation and repairs on the aircraft’s EW system. The Czech government purchased four C-295s from the company in 2008 for more than $200 million. A spokesperson for the Czech Ministry of Defence (MOD) told JED last month that the transports “are currently facing problems with the passive self-protection system installed on the aircraft.” The spokesperson declined to reveal the specification of the passive self protection measures installed on the aircraft, although the Czech C-295s are thought to be fitted with Indra’s ALR400 radar warning receiver, Cassidian’s AAR-60 missile warner and the same company’s Atlas-2Q laser warner, as well as the AN/ALE-47 chaff and flare dispenser. The spokesperson added that, to remedy the problems, a single C-295, “has been sent to Spain for testing by Airbus experts until the end of August.” Thus far, the Czech Air Force has received two C-295s and is awaiting the delivery of a second pair of aircraft to complete its order. However, the serviceability issues affecting the aircraft’s self-protection systems could place the acquisition of these further two aircraft in jeopardy unless they are resolved. The spokesperson added that the MOD “has expressed its dissatisfaction with the situation and, at the moment, is waiting for the results of legal analysis of the C-295 aircraft contract concluded between the Ministry of Defence and the Omnipol aircraft provider.” Omnipol, which is based in the Czech capital Prague, acts as the intermediary company for the acquisition of the aircraft by the Czech government. For its part, Airbus is working to fix the problems with the self-protection systems. An Airbus source disclosed, “This is an issue we’ve been looking at for quite a while,” adding, “Airbus and the Czech Air Force have been working together to solve the problem. Tests of a solution for the problem were completed on August 12. The aim is to have a solution as soon as possible for the four planes.” Based on the current testing activities, the Czech MOD expects to make a decision in early September regarding the future of the C-295 acquisition. – T. Withington a 28 The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2011

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Detecting and Defeating IEDs
Developing Critical EW Technologies: Digital Devices Move Into the Analog Space
New Products
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - September 2011