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w o r l d report INDONESIA TO BUY UPGRADED F-16S Indonesia has settled on a package to procure 24 upgraded F-16C/D Block 25 aircraft supplied by the US Air Force. The F-16s, which are designated as “excess defense articles,” will be supplied to Indonesia at no cost. They are already equipped with APG-68(V) radars. The aircraft will be upgraded with ALR69 radar warning receivers, ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management Systems and ALE-47 chaff/flare dispensers. Other upgrades will include ARC-164/186 radios, Situational Awareness Datalinks (SADLs), new mission computers and new targeting systems (either AAQ-28 LITENING or AAQ-33 SNIPER). The total cost of the upgrade package is estimated at $750 million. Indonesia currently operates 6 F-15A Block 15OCU (Operational Capability Upgrade) aircraft originally procured in 1989, as well as a fleet of aging F-5s. Neither aircraft is well suited to meet the current operational needs of the Indonesian Air Force. Indonesia’s government has struggled with plans to upgrade its current fleet of F-16s, which were grounded for many years due to an embargo imposed by the US in response to the internal conflict in East Timor. That experience led many Indonesian lawmakers to consider Russian aircraft for their long-overdue fighter modernization program. The decision to pursue used F-16s was finally reached earlier this year. – J. Knowles IN BRIEF ❍ UK companies Selex Galileo and Systematic have announced a new strategic partnership to provide EW training. This follows the companies’ successful partnership to provide the UK Air Warfare Centre (AWC) with a new EW training program. Systematic provides a range of EW training courses for the AWC while Selex Galileo provides training on EW equipment and their support systems. The companies will develop integrated training courses to be delivered at Selex Galileo’s EW Operational Support facility in Lincoln, UK. ❍ Though not officially announced, published reports from the region indicate that the Indian Air Force has selected the Boeing’s Apache Longbow advanced attack helicopter for its combat helicopter competition. The tender includes 22 combat helicopters with no options, though more would likely be ordered once the initial machines are delivered. The RIA Novosti news agency reported that the other competitor, Russia’s Mi-28N Night Hunter, did not meet the tender performance requirements. ❍ Terma North America (Warner Robins, GA) has received a contract from the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center to provide six ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management Systems – four configured for the F-16A and two for the F-16B – under Foreign Military Sales channels for the Thai Air Force’s F-16 Mid-Life Upgrade. In other company news, parent company Terma A/S (Lystrup, Denmark) also announced a new version of the ALQ-213, described as a reliability, maintainability and performance upgrade, for US and international markets. The upgrade will be available in 2013. ❍ KOR Electronics (Cypress, CA) announced that it has recently received $13.4 million worth of contracts from international customers for development and delivery of new AESA radar, missile and EW simulators. The simulators will be equipped with the company’s latest 10-/12-bit, 1-GHz digital RF memories (DRFMs). The simulators will be delivered to government and industry customers in Israel, Singapore, South Korea and Germany. ❍ The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that India’s government has requested the sale of six C-130J aircraft. This deal includes eight each ALR-56M radar warning receivers, AAR-47 missile warning systems and ALE-47 chaff and flare dispensers, as well as 3,200 countermeasures flares. Eight AAQ-22 Star SAFIRE III Special Operations Suites and ARC-210 radios are also part of the package. India is currently taking delivery of six similarly configured C-130Js that were ordered in 2008. ❍ Several ongoing fighter acquisitions have generated news. The Swiss Government has selected Saab’s Gripen NG for the Swiss Air Force multi-role fighter program. Contract negotiations will now begin, and a signed contract is not expected for 2-3 years. The United Arab Emirates, which has been in long-term negotiations with France’s government and Dassault concerning the procurement of 60 new Rafale fighters, has invited the Eurofighter consortium to propose its Typhoon. According to press reports, the UAE has been unhappy with the price offered by the French, and it has decided to open up the buy to wider competition. India unsealed bids from Dassault and Eurofighter and is expected to make a decision soon between the Rafale and the Eurofighter for its 126-aircraft Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition. Each of these programs has a significant impact on the future order books for the EW manufacturers involved. Saab’s Electronic Defense Business supplies the Gripen’s EW suite. Thales and MBDA make the Rafale’s Spectra EW suite. Selex Galileo, Elettronica, Cassidian and Indra manufacture the Typhoon’s Praetorian EW suite. a 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2011

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
2012 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW Antenna Challenges
SEAD in Libya
EW 101
AOC News
AOC Industry and Institute/ University Members
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JED - December 2011