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world repor t SOUTH KOREA SEEKS ATTACK HELOS The Republic of Korea (ROK) Army is soliciting bids for its AHX attack helicopter program. The competition to provide 36 new attack helos has focused on three suppliers: Turkish Aerospace Industry’s T-129B, Bell’s AH-1Z Cobra and Boeing’s AH-64D Apache Longbow Block III. Last month, the ROK formally requested 36 Apaches and 36 Cobras from the US Government via Foreign Military Sales channels. The ROK Army is seeking the Cobras be fitted with an EW suite comprising AAR-47 missile warners, ALQ-144 IR jammers, ALQ-136 RF jammers and ALE47 chaff and flare dispensers. Although not stipulated in the request, the deal is also expected to include APR-39 radar warning receivers. Other systems requested with the helicopters include AAQ-30 Target Sighting Systems and APX-123 Mode-4 IFF Systems. Weapons requested in the sale include 288 AGM114K3 Hellfire missiles and 72 AIM-9M-8 Sidewinder missiles. The ROK has requested Apaches that would be fitted with APR-39 RWRs from Northrop Grumman (Baltimore, MD), AVR-2B laser warners from Goodrich Aerospace (Danbury, CT), AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems from BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) and ALE-47 dispensers. The AAR-57 would be fitted in the five-sensor configuration. The Apaches would also carry the APX-123 IFF system, along with Improved Helmet Display Sight Systems, ARC-210 SINCGARS radios and Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors. Other systems include the APG-78 Longbow fire-control radar and the integrated APR-48A RF Interferometer (RFI). The Cobra sale is estimated at $2.6 billion, and the Apache deal is estimated to cost $3.6 billion. Another contender in the AHX program is the T-129B. It is being offered with Aselsan’s Helicopter EW Suite (HEWS), which comprises Cassidian’s AAR-60 missile warner, an RWR, and chaff and flare dispensers. The ROK Army currently operates about 50 AH-1S Cobras in an attack role and wants to supplement them with the 36 new attack helicopters. – J. Knowles EADS AND BAE SYSTEMS PROPOSE MERGER Two of Europe’s largest defense houses are proposing a complicated scheme to effectively merge into a single company. EADS and BAE Systems would keep separate boards for various entities, such as BAE Systems Inc. in the US, but would operate financially as a single company under the terms of a proposed $45 billion merger. Although the two companies primarily build aircraft and support other large weapons systems, both also maintain large and active EW businesses. BAE Systems includes its Electronic Systems group in Nashua, NH, which manufactures missile warning systems, dispensers and directed infrared countermeasures systems for helicopters; RWR/ESM systems for several types of aircraft and radar jammers, as well as SIGINT equipment. EADS Defense Electronics Subsidiary Cassidian makes missile warners for the international market as well as a variety of RF EW and SIGINT products for the German Armed Forces. At press time, the merger was facing several hurdles from the various industry and customer entities involved in the sale. The merger is not expected to impact BAE Systems Inc.’s operation in the US. – J. Knowles 22 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2012 IN BRIEF ❍ Grintek Ewation (Silverton, South Africa) has changed its name to GEW Technologies, A Cassidian Company due to a lager South African stake in the company. The company’s sole shareholders are now EADS Deutchland GmbH of Germany and Kunene Finance Company of South Africa. Aside from the name change, all other aspects of the company’s management and operations remain the same. ❍ ITT Exelis (Clifton, NJ) announced the successful demonstration of its Advanced Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) for the Chilean Air Force. The test, a cooperative effort between Exelis and the Chilean and US Air Forces, demonstrated the performance of AIDEWS Block 5.2 against multiple airborne fire control radars with overlapping operating frequencies. The Block 5.2 configuration supports upcoming delivery of combat capable EW mission data to countries using AIDEWS-equipped F-16s. ❍ Indonesia has requested via FMS channels the sale of eight AH-64D Apache Longbow Block III helicopters. The helicopters would be sold with four each APG78 fire-control radars and APR-48A RF interferometer emitter targeting systems, and 10 each AAR-57 missile warners, 10 AVR-2B laser warners, and APR-36 RWRs. The total estimated cost is $1.4 billion. ❍ MBDA (Ulm, Germany) announced that it has achieved power of 40 kW using its high-energy laser demonstrator. This marks the successful demonstration of the company’s patented beam coupling of fiber lasers in target tracking and firing tests and continues the company’s development in high-power laser weaponry. Development is being funded internally and in part with research and technology resources from the German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB). a

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Pacing the Anti-Ship Missile Threat
Cognition: EW Gets Brainy
Inside IEWS
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - October 2012