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world repor t SAUDI ARABIA TO BUY F-15s, APACHES AND BLACKHAWKS The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that Saudi Arabia has requested the purchase of aircraft and helicopters, including F-15SA fighters, AH-64D Apache helicopters, UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, along with associated EW systems via Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channels. The total package is valued at $60 billion. The request encompasses a significant number of aircraft and systems, including 84 new F-15SA aircraft (plus an additional 12 for training), as well as the upgrade of the existing Royal Saudi Air Force’s fleet of 80 F-15S fighters to the F-15SA configuration. The SA configuration adds key systems, including the Digital Electronic Warfare Suite (DEWS) from BAE Systems, third-generation LANTIRN navigation pods, APG-63(V)3 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars, AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pods and AAS-42 infrared search and track (IRST) systems. The request also includes improved munitions, including the AGM-88B HighSpeed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) and JDAM, as well as GPS-guided dual mode laser munitions, RR-188 chaff and MJU-7/10 flares. Also requested by the Saudis are 36 Block III AH-64D Apache helicopters, 36 AH-6i Light Attack Helicopters and 72 UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters for the Saudi Arabian National Guard. This potential sale includes 171 each of the AAR-57(V)3/5 Common Missile Warning System, APR-39 RWR and AVR-2B laser warning receiver, as well as 318 Improved Countermeasures Dispensers. In addition, the Saudis could buy up to 20 APR-48 RF Interferometers for their Apaches. Another 34 Block III AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters, also featuring the APR-48, AAR-57 and APR-39 and adding the AVR-2B Laser Warning System, are also requested for the Royal Saudi Land Forces. In late 2009 and early 2010, Saudi forces fought against Houthi rebels based along the country’s southern border with Yemen. The rebels’ incursion into Saudi territory highlighted the country’s need for better irregular warfare capabilities, including helicopters. –E. Richardson and J. Knowles IN BRIEF Thailand has requested, via FMS channels, a Mid-Life Upgrade to 18 F-16A/B Block 16 aircraft. The request includes a three-phase program that would upgrade six aircraft a year, over a three-year period, each phase overlapping by one year. The Mid-Life Upgrade provides a new modular mission computer, along with the ALQ-213 electronic warfare system and the ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser. The entire sale package of upgrades, repairs, spares, training and support is estimated at $700 million. The prime contractor is Lockheed Martin (Fort Worth, TX). Germany has announced its intent to purchase six AAQ-24(V) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Systems from the US, via FMS channels, from Northrop Grumman (Rolling Meadows, IL). The sale would include the systems and installation on two German Airbus A-319 and four Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft, providing protection for the German head-of-state aircraft fleet. The full sale is estimated at $146 million. Kuwait has requested the purchase of one C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and associated parts, equipment and logistics, from the US, via FMS channels in a package worth approximately $693 million. The aircraft, from Boeing (Chicago, IL), includes an ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing System, as well as the AAR-47 Missile Warning System, and would provide long-range, strategic airlift capabilities to the Kuwaiti Air Force. Sweden has requested the sale of 15 UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, along with associated parts, equipment and logistical support, for a total package worth $546 million. The helicopters would include the AAR-57(V)3 CMWS, the APR-39 RWR and AVR-2B LWR. The new equipment will help Sweden meet urgent combat search and rescue and operational medical evacuation transport needs. As the result of a severe funding shortfall, the South African Air Force may have to stop flying its Gripen fighters, according to the annual report by the South African Department of Defense. The report warns that if current funding levels are maintained, only the BAE Systems Hawk Mk120 training jets will be able to be maintained. The report also warned that, due to obsolescence of systems, some crucial EW capabilities could be lost in the future. Grintek Ewation (Pretoria, South Africa), has received a R23.8 million (approximately US$3.4 million) contract to maintain the EW and COMINT systems aboard the Denel Oryx medium utility helicopter and Douglas C47TP Dakota aircraft. The contract follows a smaller award from February for maintenance on the Oryx comms jammer, COMINT and EW systems. a 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | November 2010

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

JED - November 2010
Table of Contents
The View From Here
Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Protecting Helicopters: Why ASE is About to Change the Game
The Rise... and Further Rise of FPGAs in EW
Physics of the Cyber-EMS Problem – Why We Have the Language Wrong
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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