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world repor t AUSTRALIA APPROVED FOR GROWLERS According to Australian press reports last month, the US government approved export of the US Navy’s EA-18G Growler support jamming aircraft, a derivative of that service’s two-seat F/A18F Super Hornet fighter, to Australia in late August. That would mark the first US foreign military sale of the Growler. The EA-18G is in full-rate production by Boeing for the US Navy and is replacing that service’s venerable 4-seat EA-6B Prowler jamming aircraft. In February 2009, the Australian government requested that 12 F/A-18F Super Hornets – half of the country’s $6 billion 24-plane order – be wired for potential EA-18G electronic attack capabilities while they were still on Boeing’s St. Louis production line. This would now allow those Super Hornets to be upgraded to the US Navy’s EA-18G Growler configuration in light of the reported US government export approval. – G. Goodman CANADA TO BUY DIRCM SYSTEMS FOR HELOS Canada has selected the AN/AAQ24(V) Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) System manufactured by Northrop Grumman for its CH-47F Chinook helicopters. The government plans to buy eight AAQ-24 systems, each of which will include six AAR-54 missile warning sensors, two Small Laser Transmitter Assemblies (SLTAs), processor units, control indicator units and smart cards. The estimated value of the sale is $72 million. In late 2009, Canada ordered 15 of the Boeing-built helicopters, but it did not name the electronic warfare equipment to be installed on the aircraft. The helicopters are slated for delivery in 2013 and 2014 and are expected to be deployed in support of Afghanistan operations. Canada also flies four Boeing/USAF C-17 Globemaster aircraft fitted with AAQ-24 DIRCM systems. – J. Knowles EUROFIGHTER EW SUITE PRODUCTION BAE Systems awarded SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, a contract worth about £400M to supply the Praetorian Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS) in support of the Tranche 3A production lot of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. SELEX has already delivered more than 200 Praetorian systems to date. Designed specifically for the Typhoon, the Praetorian DASS includes electronic countermeasures (ECM), electronic support measures (ESM) and missile approach warning (MAW) elements, which SELEX says provide an unmatched level of situational awareness and protection for Typhoon crews. SELEX Galileo is Praetorian’s lead contractor and system design authority. The company leads the EuroDASS consortium, which includes Elettronica, Indra Sistemas, EADS and SELEX Galileo. The EuroDASS partners share the production of more than 20 major line-replaceable items that make up the Praetorian system. The first Praetorian delivery under the new contract is scheduled in mid-2012. The systems will be supplied to all four Eurofighter Typhoon partner nations: the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany. With SELEX Galileo’s activities, Finmeccanica of Italy’s share in the avionics on the Eurofighter Typhoon exceeds 60 percent. Finmeccanica’s participation in the program includes development and production carried out at SELEX Galileo’s sites in Luton, Edinburgh, Milan, Pomezia and Caselle. – JED Staff IN BRIEF ❍ Systematic Software Engineering Ltd. (Camberley, Surrey, UK) has received a contract extension from the UK Ministry of Defence to continue providing data analysis services to the Air Warfare Center at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire. Systematic’s electronic warfare specialists provide analytical resources and product support under the contract, which was originally awarded in 1999. Systematic is a core member of one of the final two consortiums (the other being a Logica/MASS team) competing for the UK’s Defence EW Center Improvement Program (DEWC IP) contract, which is expected to be awarded in December 2010. ❍ PLATH GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) has partnered with the Shephard Group to provide an additional communications intelligence (COMINT) day at the 16th annual AOC/ Shephard Electronic Warfare conference, to be held May 25-27, 2011, in Berlin, Germany. PLATH will back up the COMINT day, which will be an international event focusing on COMINT. a 34 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2010 IRAQ TO BUY F-16 FIGHTERS The Iraqi Government has requested the sale of 18 F-16 Block 50/52 aircraft from the US via Foreign Military Sale (FMS) channels. The proposed sale includes the Advanced Countermeasures Electronic System (ACES) from Raytheon (comprising the ALR-93 radar warning receiver from Northrop Grumman and Raytheon’s ALQ187 jammer) and the ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser from Symetrics. The package also includes APG-68(V) radars, AN/APX-113Advanced IFF systems, AIM9L/M-8/9 Sidewinder Missiles, AIM-7MF1/H Sparrow Missiles, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles and Paveway II laser-guided bombs. The Iraqi Air Force is being offered two targeting system options: Lockheed Martin’s AAQ-33 Sniper or Northrop Grumman’s AAQ-28 Litening. The aircraft have been given the F-16IQ designation. – JED Staff

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2010

JED - October 2010
The View From Here
From the Presidents
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
What’s Next in IED Jammers?
Electronic Warfare in Today’s Surface Navy
ELINT Receivers Tackle Dense Signal Environments
A Structural View of EM Spectrum Warfare
AOC News
Book Review
EW 101
Roost Profiles
AOC 2010 Award Winners
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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