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world repor t UK MOD SELECTS TEAM FOR PROJECT SHEPHERD The UK Ministry of Defence has selected Team Excalibur as the preferred bidder for a new program to upgrade the Defence Electronic Warfare Center (DEWC) at RAF Waddinton. DEWC is the UK’s joint-service EW operational support and reprogramming center. Project SHEPHERD, previously known as the country’s Defense Electronic Warfare Center Improvement Programme (DEWC IP), will upgrade the UK’s jointservice Defence EW Database and provide a suite of EW operational support tools to allow the MOD to provide critical data as part of the country’s intelligence, surveillance target acquisition & reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability. The upgrade is considered a “step-change” for the MOD’s automated end-to-end capability and will improve the ability to provide effective front-line data. Team Excalibur, led by the company Logica, also includes UK-based MASS (a Cohort plc company), which will provide advanced data management for the upgrade and US-based SRC, Inc., which is providing specialized data analysis tools. The upgrade will also include process management, workflow and reporting tools to provide operational efficiencies and integration across the DEWC. During the early phases of the Project SHEPHERD competition, Team Excalibur was one of five teams awarded project concept/assessment studies to help define upgrades to the DEWC’s EW databases. In the final phase of the competition, Team Excalibur squared off against another team led by Systematic Software Engineering Ltd. – E. Richardson IN BRIEF ❍ The United Arab Emirates has requested the purchase of 30 AH-64D Block III Apache helicopters, as well as 30 Block II lot 10 Apaches remanufactured to the Block III configuration from the US via Foreign Military Sales channels. The sale, worth $5 billion, would include 70 each of the ALQ-144A(V)3 infrared jammer, the APR-39A(V)4 radar signal detecting sets, the ALQ-136(V)5 radar jammer and the AAR-57(V)3/5 Common Missile Warning Systems. The USA has wanted to upgrade the EW on its Apaches for over a decade, but the program’s importance has been overshadowed by the larger F-16 Block 60 program. ❍ The government of Oman has requested the purchase, via Foreign Military Sales channels, of logistics support and training for one C-130J aircraft from the US. The package, worth $76 million, also includes one AAQ-24(V) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) System, seven AAR-54 missile approach warning systems, two ALR-56M radar warning receivers and two ALE-47 countermeasure dispensing sets. Northrop Grumman will provide the AAQ-24 and AAR-54. BAE Systems manufactures the ALR-56M and Symetrics manufactures the ALE-47. ❍ EWST (Farnborough, UK) has received a $3 million contract for a configuration of the company’s RSS 8000 radar simulator, as well as a $1.5 million contract for upgrade and spares on a previously delivered system. Both contracts were from unnamed international customers. ❍ Tata Advanced Systems (New Delhi, India) has acquired 74 percent of HBL Elta Avionics Systems Pvt., Ltd. (HELA) from HBL Power Systems. HELA, a joint venture of HBL and Israel-based ELTA Systems, provides radar, communications, EW and surveillance systems to Indian defense forces. ELTA Systems maintains ownership of the remaining 26 percent of HELA. a 22 The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2010 INDIA PLANS EW TEST RANGES India plans to build two new EW test ranges – one for radar-based EW systems and one for communications-based EW systems – as part of the country’s plans to develop its EW infrastructure. According to published reports from the AOC India Chapter’s National Electronic Warfare Workshop (EWWI-2010) last month, the country plans to build one range – to test non-communication EW systems – as part of an existing 4,000-acre aeronautical test range in Chitradurga in Karnataka for testing non-communication EW systems. A second range, which will be used to test communications EW systems, will be integrated into to an existing 8,000acre range in Tandur in Andhra Pradesh (roughly 135 km from Hyderabad). Currently, the Indian MOD relies on a range with limited EW test capabilities at the centrally located Gwalior Air Force Base in Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior is used for training, testing and large exercises, such as the COPE INDIA events conducted with the US. Speaking at EWWI-2010, Dr. Prahlada, Chief Controller, R&D (Ae & SI) for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), stressed the importance of EW, noting that the country’s present EW systems have been integrated with MiG-27 fighters and would be integrated into the MiG-29 fighters next year. In 2012, he said India plans to fly a domestically developed, fourthgeneration EW system. The two new ranges are slated to be operational in the 2012-2013 timeframe. The country plans to invest Rs 200 crore (2 billion Rupees or about US$43 million) into each of the two ranges. – JED Staff

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JED - December 2010
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
EW Battle Management
Technology Survey: EW Simulators
2011 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW 101
AOC News
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