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03 September 2014

MSPO 2014: IAI Promotes its Latest Products in Kielce

During MSPO 2014, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) promoted its several latest achievements. It also presented several product models such as B767 MMTT (Multi Mission Tanker Transport), laser-guided munition and cruise missiles, LORA long-range artillery weapon system, ARROW II missile, radars, optoelectronic sensors and others.

First of all, IAI informed audience gathered in Poland’s Kielce that a serial production of newest Ground Target Acquisition System (GTAS) is set to begin. GTAS is designed for reconnaissance and artillery forces, as well as Special Forces operating across the border.  The system features remote control operation, thus enabling the operator to control the system from a distant and secure location. GTAS was developed and manufactured by IAI's Tamam Division, who, among other things, develops and manufactures electro-optic systems for use in the air, at sea and on land.

GTAS can be used on the ground or on a vehicle. It is carried and operated by a single soldier and can be deployed without the need for calibration and fine leveling. The system's capabilities include accurate target geo-location, automatic target tracking, versatile map capabilities, target database, media recording and playback, and connectivity to external C4I systems. GTAS is integrated with a rugged lightweight tablet, a hand-held display and control, power packs, tripod and special backpack. The total system's weight is 14 Kg. GTAS sensors include a FLIR, Day TV, LRF (Laser Range Finder) and optional Laser Pointer. The sensors are bore-sighted and packed in a hermetically sealed closure.

Secondly, IAI announced that M-19HD payload has successfully completed several airborne test-flights on both light aircraft and IAI-made Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of the development program. Throughout the successful flights, all operations of sensors, payload stabilization and tracking capabilities were tested.

M-19HD is described by IAI as “a true High-Definition, compactly designed, multispectral, multi-sensor, single line-replacement unit (LRU) payload (simultaneously incorporating up to 7 sensors)”. According to IAI It enables continuous day/night surveillance in all weather conditions and provides outstanding acquisition ranges due to its powerful sensors, high stabilization and unique image processing capabilities. M-19HD reduces the operator's workload and improves situational awareness by virtue of its multi-mode automatic video tracker (AVT). It also provides accurate geo-location using its embedded IMU/GPS (Inertial Measurement Unit/Global Positioning System). It can be used on various platforms such as high/medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (HALE/MALE UAVs); fixed wing aircraft; maritime vessels; aerostats; combat helicopters and more.

IAI said : “The M-19HD payload is the ideal system for long-endurance ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) missions and area dominance. M-19HD is our flagship electro-optical payload; it will lead to a revolution in its field. The system is designed to be installed onboard advanced unmanned aerial platforms like IAI's Heron 1 and Heron TP UAVs and to perform strategic missions. The M-19HD will provide our customers with improved performance, powerful sensors, high stabilisation and unique image processing features, together with long range persistent surveillance capabilities.

Its width is 576 mm while its height is 694 mm. M-19HD’s weight is 75-85 kg (depends on configuration). It can have up to 7 sensors. Options include: 2 HD Day Cameras (Zoom and Spotter), 2 HD IR Cameras (Zoom and Spotter), Laser Designator with in-flight boresight, Laser Range Finder, Laser Pointer, Laser Illuminator (in near infrared - NIR) and electron-multiplied charged-coupled-device (EMCCD) camera or short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera.

IAI’s portfolio for MSPO 2014 included announcement about Green Rock – a mobile autonomous tactical counter Rocket, Artillery & Mortar (C-RAM) system. The system was delivered to the Israel Defense Forces, who named it Wind Shield. Green Rock is designed to support a variety of ground force protection missions, including fire source location, friendly forces fire correction, and detection of low-flying airborne targets such as UAVs, gliders and hovering platforms. The system provides a complete low/high trajectory target, real-time intelligence and rapid response solution for tactical forces.

Green Rock's mission is to locate fire squad positions, distribute selective warning alarms and enable an effective fire response. The system, developed by ELTA systems, an IAI group and subsidiary, can be installed on a variety of mobile or stationary platforms such as armored personnel carriers, high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, and all-terrain vehicles. Green Rock includes a Phased-Array Pulse Doppler Radar which acquires and tracks the trajectories of ballistic munitions such as rockets, artillery and mortars, calculates the point from which they were launched, and predicts the location of the expected impact.
At its stand during MSPO 2014 IAI presented LAHAT (LAser Homing ATtack Missile Air/Ground/Naval Configuration) advanced laser-guided missiles for land vehicles, helicopters and tanks (ranges over km 8); HAROP (a loitering munitions missile with a high quality day / night electro-optic seeker. It searches, detects and attacks high value static or mobile targets at long ranges and with high accuracy) that can be launched from transportable launchers and navigate towards the target area; TopGun GPS/INS 2D course correction fuze for 155 mm artillery (it converts standard 155 mm artillery ammunition into a precision guided projectile with a precision of 20 m CEP); LORA GPS/INS guided long range missile weapon system capable of engaging strategic targets deep in the enemy's territory from land or maritime platforms; Arrow anti-theater ballistic missile against various types of TBMs & warheads; B767 MMTT-Multi Mission Tanker Transport; ELM-2105- Tactical Ground Surveillance Radars Family. ELM-2112 (V10) Persistent Ground & Coastal Surveillance Radar; ELK-1888 Tac4G- Military, 4G Broadband, Secure, Cellular Tactical Network; ELM-2084 MMR-Multi-Mission Radar Family; ELS-8910 Cyber Intelligence system and ELL-8222 self-protection electronic counter measures (ECM) pods.

Robert Czulda

MSPO 2014: SAMP/T Shown in Kielce

Visitors at MSPO 2014 in Kielce were able to see the ASTER 30 SAMP/T land-based air defence system, which was brought from France specifically for that event. It was its debut at the Polish defense exhibition.

Eurosam's SAMP/T tactical air defence system with ASTER 30 missiles. (Photos: Robert Czulda)

The whole SAMP/T tactical system, including Command and Control (C2) vehicles, ARABEL radar as well as a mobile launcher with ASTER 30 missiles, arrived in Poland  with a crew composed of the French Air Force.

The presence of SAMP/T in Kielce is no surprise at all. Eurosam is one of two contenders in Poland’s Wisla medium-range system, which will give Poland at least six batteries by 2022. The second one is Raytheon offering PATRIOT (PAC-3 MSE and PAC-2 GEM-T).

SAMP/T's ARABEL radar and C2 vehicle. 

Eurosam is owned by MBDA and Thales. Both companies, eager to win Polish contract, are willing to propose a technical cooperation to Polish defense industry. The list of Polish companies includes Bumar Elektronika, Mesko, Huta Stalowa Wola, Centrum Techniki Morskiej, Wojskowe Zakłady Łączności Nr 1, Jelcz, Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne, and ZM Tarnów. MBDA and Thales are  already partners with the PHO and accepted the Polish company as project leader. Those companies declared many fields of potential cooperation in missile defense project, including all key parts of air defence system: missiles, missile launcher, missile re-loader, radar technology, communications, electronics, mechanics. Polish companies were offered participation in every phase: study, design, development, production, integration, tests, acceptance, maintenance, mid-life upgrade and training work. MBDA and Thales announced that they are ready to talk with Polish partners about cooperation in R&D, including on the ASTER 30 1NT missiles and new radars. MBDA is ready to establish in Poland both a production line of several elements and a final assembly line. Poland wants the Polish defense industry to participate in 50%, including missile production.

According to MBDA and Thales, by selecting their offer Poland will be able to secure between 5,000 and 7,000 jobs on the long term.

However, if finally selected, it is highly likely that Poland’s SAMP/T will be different than a current version presented at MSPO 2014. Poland wants a new version of the ASTER 30 missile, which will be able to engage tactical ballistic missiles. Polish SAMP/T would use an additional radar (P-18PL) and vehicle provided by Jelcz. Moreover, the Polish defense industry might be responsible for providing elements for such components as command and control, communication and launchers.

Robert Czulda

MSPO 2014: MEADS Still Fighting for Poland’s Wisla Project

One of the most interesting events during the MSPO 2014 in Kielce was the first and rich presentation of MEADS’ components, such as surveillance radar, a PAC-3 MSE mock-up in 1:1 scale, a command and control (C2) system and the PAC-3 MSE launcher. Such heavy promotion is quite surprising due to the fact that MEADS has already been rejected by Poland. It shows, however, that MEADS International is still hoping to get Polish attention.

In the outdoor exposition, a launching unit for eight missiles, in a configuration tailored for the Italian Armed Forces, was presented. The command and control unit was in German configuration while 360 degree multi-function radar (with AESA antenna and Mark XIIA IFF subsystem in Mode 5) was in US configuration. Inside presentation included the above-mentioned mock-up of a “hit-to-kill” PAC-3 MSE missile by Lockheed Martin.

In the outdoor exposition of MSPO 2014, MEADS' launching unit for eight missiles, in a configuration tailored for the Italian Armed Forces, was presented. (Photos: Robert Czulda)
The MEADS command and control unit was in German configuration while 360 degree multi-function radar (with AESA antenna and Mark XIIA IFF subsystem in Mode 5) was in US configuration. 

According to the latest proposed arrangement, Polish defense companies would have become a partner in the project along with the original developers, which are Lockheed Martin, MBDA Deutschland, and MBDA Italia. Poland was offered a place in this consortium and a chance to produce components of the PAC-3CRI missiles. In Poland, missiles would be assembled and maintained. However, Poland has ultimately rejected MEADS and decided to make a final choice between Raytheon (PAC-3 MSE and PAC-2 GEM-T) and Eurosam (ASTER 30 SAMP/T).

In mid-2014 it was revealed that MEADS is 85% finished. Therefore, it would have given Poland up to potentially 15% participation in such systems as radars (surveillance and fire control), launchers, vehicles and communications. If it had been selected, MEADS likely would have been augmented by Polish radars. The Polish defense industry would have been responsible for producing and assembling Lockheed Martin PAC-3CRI missiles and also for preparing its own, semi-indigenous MCM (Medium Range Air Defence Complement Missile). The U.S. government has already transferred the technology of homing sensors of a warhead to Polish Mesko. It would have given Poland a 70% participation in the MCM project. However, now, after Poland has rejected MEADS, a participation in the MCM project and MEADS programme seems highly unlikely.

Robert Czulda

MSPO 2014: Rafael’s Offer to Poland Revealed

Traditionally, like every year, Rafael promoted its latest products during MSPO in Kielce. Some of them were especially important for Rafael, which tries to interest the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MoND).

On a top of Rafael’s “Polish list” is a STUNNER missile, jointly developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Raytheon Missile Systems. According to the producer, STUNNER is effective against a variety of asymmetric short-range tactical ballistic missiles, inexpensive large caliber rockets, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial systems. It can be “integrated easily into a variety of engagement scenarios that employ established ground-based, sea-based and air-based sensors”.

Why was STUNNER so important for Rafael in Kielce? STUNNER was, among other systems, considered by Poland as a part of planned batteries of medium-range air defense systems. Ultimately, DAVID’s SLING’s STUNNER missile, offered officially in Poland by Israel’s SIBAT export agency, has been removed from the bid due to legal constraints (the United States, which funded DAVID’s SLING air defence system, did not give permission to sell it to Poland due to the fact that the US wants Raytheon to win and also promoted MEADS in the past).

Now Rafael is willing to offer STUNNER as part of Raytheon's offer for the Wisla project. A scale and form of Rafael’s potential involvement is unclear. It is however known that Rafael plans to integrate Stunner into a new generation of system with Raytheon’s PATRIOT PAC-3 improved radars, launchers and engagement control stations. It is believed that STUNNER is significantly less expensive than Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3. If Rafael joins Polish project, it would allow Raytheon to fulfill its promise to that if selected, Poland will be responsible for designing and introducing a new missile, known as LCI (Low Cost Interceptor) which could be based on STUNNER.

Apart from STUNNER, at MSPO 2014 Rafael displayed:

  • TROPHY LV active protection system for light vehicles. Rafael confirmed that is utilises the same superior operating principles as the TROPHY-HV and TROPHY-MV at a fraction of the weight. Rafael said that “TROPHY-LV’s high kill probability against advanced threats, including the most sophisticated shoulder-launched AT rocket propelled grenades, makes it a significant force-multiplier at shorter ranges on the modern battlefield.” The TROPHY-LV’s dimensions are specially designed for easy integration and installation onto smaller platforms without impairing system performance. This ensures 360º protection including the vehicle’s windows and doors with minimal risk of collateral damage. The systems’ average collateral damage is estimated at a <1% chance of a dismounted soldier being injured by Trophy or an incoming threat. TROPHY-LV was displayed outdoors on a Hatehof HURRICANE vehicle.
Rafael TROPHY LV on a Hatehof HURRICANE vehicle at MSPO 2014. (Photo: Robert Czulda)

  • SAMSON Dual Remote Weapon Station. It has been adapted to a wide variety of main battle tanks, trucked and wheeled armored personnel carriers and marine craft. The SAMSON Family is offered in six land configurations and two naval configurations (TYPHOON Weapon Stations), including: SAMSON-Mini which can accommodate a variety of armaments including a 5.56mm SAW and LMG, 7.62mm GPMG, and Gatling gun, 12. mm HMG, 14.5mm, 40mm AGL, ATGM launcher, ASM, fed by high-capacity magazines; SAMSON Dual developed originally to carry a 25-30mm lightweight weapon as main armament and 7.62mm secondary weapon for short range engagement but can also incorporate an ATGM launcher; SAMSON 3 mm Mk II with ATGM launchers, ASM, and SGL obscurants.  The newest addition to the SAMSON RWS family is its Non-Lethal (NL) capability which bases its response on all human biological senses.  Whether employed for crowd control or other urban scenarios, the SAMSON NL capability provides the symmetrical response required to alleviate potentially explosive situations. SAMSON NL concept is based on a five-sense response and the dual use of the RWS; interchangeable for NL and L use.  SAMSON RWS is deployed in over 25 countries.
  • Global Link. It is a tactical wideband communication system for C4I applications.
  • MatchGuide. It is a real-time, precision targeting & global orientation system. It allows accurate designation exchange between remote video sources in real time. In addition, the system enables coordinate extraction of a selected video pixel or marking of known coordinates on a live video in real time.
  • IMILITE. It is a multi-source, multi-task imagery intelligence exploitation system. IMILITE capabilities include collection and exploitation of E/O, IR, SAR, GMTI and video data in various formats for both real-time and in-depth analysis. The system further combines non-imager GIS data layers, such as targets, threats, COMINT detection and mission status.
  • TOPLITE. Electro-optical surveillance, observation & targeting System. It is based a 60kg, 40cm diameter stabilized sensor head with four-axis gimbals and a single-line replaceable unit.  In the baseline configuration the prime sensors are a thermal imager, a TV camera, laser range-finder, laser marker and laser designator (optional). The system features manual or auto-tracking of targets, target range measurement and precise gun direction.  The system can be used with Ethernet, MIL STD 1553 or RS-422 standard electronic interfaces and with RS-170 and CCIR video standard ones.
  • The SPIKE Family consists of missiles suited It can be used at land, air and naval platforms. It has a tandem warhead and electro-optic CCD and IIR sensors for day/night all-weather operation. Several version exists: SPIKE NLOS (an electro-optically, Non-Line-Of-Sight guided multipurpose missile for ranges of up to 25 km), SPIKE-ER (an extended-range of up to 8 km, multi-purpose anti-armor missile with a day and night seeker, tandem warhead, and two modes: Fire and Forget or Fire and Observe and Update); SPIKE-MR and SPIKE-LR (lighweight, 4th generation, man-portable missile system for infantry, special forces and combat vehicles). 

It is worth to remind that in December 2003 Poland signed a contract with Mesko and its parent company Bumar now PHO) for the procurement of SPIKE-LR. Under this contract ZM Mesko has delivered approximately 264 launchers and 2,675 missiles (the missiles are being manufactured under licence in Poland). Poland plans to equip its ROSOMAK wheeled vehicles and helicopters with SPIKE-LR missiles.

Robert Czulda

MSPO 2014: Raytheon Still Competing for Poland’s Wisla Project

Raytheon is one of two defence industry companies competing for a contract to provide six batteries of medium-range Wisła missiles by 2022. Poland was considering four different systems (the Raytheon PATRIOT; MBDA’s ASTER 30; the Rafael/Raytheon STUNNER; and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) BARAK-8), but after closing a technical dialogue phase in mid-2014 there are just two contenders left: Raytheon offering PATRIOT(PAC-3 MSE, PAC-2 GEM-T, and PATRIOTNG) and Eurosam with SAMP/T. Poland wants the Polish defence industry to participate in 50%, including missile production.

Raytheon announced that its plan is to have 52% of Poland’s industrial and technological cooperation. Raytheon proposes to manufacture parts of the GEM-T missile in Poland (Mesko), with Polish industry holding responsibility for the final assembly as well. Raytheon has also declared its readiness to work with Polish industry on the co-development (design, engineering, software) and co-production of the Next Generation PATRIOT (NG) system. This will include transfer of technology with component manufacturing, integration, assembly, system validation and test, training, service and sustainment, a joint/NATO training center, and a missile assembly and certification facility.

If Raytheon is selected, Poland will be allowed to participate in developing and introducing of a new Common Command and Control (CC2), an advanced 360 degree multi-function radar and integration of a new advanced Low Cost Interceptor (LCI), which could be based on Rafael’s STUNNER (of DAVID’s SLING) or on fully new construction. So far Raytheon has signed cooperation agreements with several Polish companies which have been added to Raytheon’s approved supplier list. Recently Raytheon has signed agreement with Pit Radwar, Teldat, as well as Bumar Elektronika, which will be responsible for the design and development of a modernised PATRIOT Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) antenna. It will be a part of a new 360 degree radar proposed by Raytheon for Poland’s Wisla.

While for initial capability in 2018 Raytheon is offering PAC-3+ with MSE and GEM-T missiles (1-2 batteries), for full capability it is offering a so-called PATRIOT NG (Next Generation) which might be ready around 2020-2022. This concept was created to a large extent after discussions with Polish decision-makers. During the first phase it would be manufactured for Polish Armed Forces and later it might be offered for export. Poland’s PATRIOT NG would be based on a new 360 degree radar, new missile (a completely new construction or a modification of an already existing missile, such as Israeli STUNNER) and a new BM4CI system with open architecture. Raytheon declared that the new BM4CI for PATRIOT NG will be fully assembled in Poland. It was agreed that it would be used not only in the Wisl” medium-range system but also in Narew, a short-range system (likely NASAMS II with AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles) and Popraw, a very short-range system (with Poland’s PIORUN missiles).

Robert Czulda

01 September 2014

MSPO 2014: MBDA Meets Present and Future Polish Stakes

MBDA’s stand at MSPO 2014 (Stand F18) focuses strongly on air defense capabilities and especially on the ASTER 30 missile, which is being displayed at the MSPO exhibition. The ASTER 30 is the munition of the SAMP/T system, which has been shortlisted by Polish authorities in the frame of its medium range air defense programme called “Wisla”. For the first time, four modules of a SAMP/T battery is deployed in Poland at MSPO (outdoor area  ZF 24). For the first time also, at MSPO, MBDA is presenting its new naval deep strike weapon for submarine use, the Naval Cruise Missile (MCN).

MBDA’s VL MICA short range air defence system is also showcased in on the company’s stand at MSPO. MBDA has exploited the success and operationally proven capabilities of the in-service MICA air-to-air missile to develop the highly effective air defence systems, VL MICA. This system has been developed to provide sensitive military and civilian assets with a highly effective, rapid reaction, all-weather air defence against the widest range of threats. A VL MICA unit can ensure seamless area protection versus a wide variety of targets, including fast manoeuvring combat jets and cruise missiles. VL MICA is proposed to Poland to ensure the low layer of the Polish Shield.

Offering longer range, MBDA’s ASTER 30 missile is highly representative of MBDA’s global position in the area of air defence, naval, as well as land based. ASTER 30 is used by the SAMP/T ground based air defence system, in service in the Italian Army and the French Air Force (MAMBA). The SAMP/T land-based medium range area defence system comprises a fire control system based on a multi-function electronic scanning radar and a Vertical Ground Launcher mounted on trucks and capable of firing eight missiles in rapid sequence. The ASTER 30 missile system offers high-level tactical and strategic mobility and due to its high rate of fire is capable of countering saturating threats. Moreover, it features outstanding manoeuvrability and agility in order to achieve a direct hit on the target (“hit-to-kill”). In addition to all aerodynamic targets, including cruise missiles, SAMP/T with ASTER 30 Block 1 and B1 NT version can intercept short-range or ballistic missiles having a range of 1,500 km. The French Air Force carried out several timestest firing to intercept simulated ballistic missile attacks in front of Polish authorities. Such successes confirmed Aster 30’s status as the only European-developed missile having such a capability.

For the first time, the new Naval Cruise Missile (MCN) is displayed at MSPO. This new weapon system is proposed only on DCNS SCORPENE submarine in the frame of the ORKA competition. MCN provides a deep strike capability from submarine platforms that can be pre-positioned with full discretion in theatres for extended periods, if necessary, and impose their presence on several theatres of operations simultaneously. The strategic implications and messages communicated to a potential foe are clear during a phase of force build up or as a warning/preventative measure in the face of threatened aggression. Operations could also include protection against threat proliferation as well as force projection. Significantly, MCN will provide the ability to strike rapidly and strike first while minimising collateral damage. Submarine launch provides the option of a furtive, surprise attack thereby avoiding potential retaliation. Of course even the knowledge that a submarine armed with such a long range capability could be lurking unseen some way off the coast could have the desired psychological effect. MBDA has been contracted by the French DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) to provide the French Navy with this long-range cruise missile on submarines as well as on frigates.

With sales well over 3,500 around the world, EXOCET is a leading name in the anti-ship domain. MBDA’s stand will show how this family of surface/submarine and air-launched missiles has become indispensable to many of the world’s navies. EXOCET SM39  is proposed on SCORPENE submarines, the air launched version AM39 is available on EC 725 helicopter proposed by Airbus Helicopter under the ongoing competition.

The MARTE MK2 anti-ship missile is also displayed at MSPO.  The MARTE MK2 is an air – (fixed wing, rotary wing) and ship - launched range of medium-range anti-ship missile weapon systems designed to meet operational requirements in complex littoral environments and blue water scenarios. Due to its small size, light weight and flexible configuration, the system is adaptable for a wide range of aerial platforms. MARTE MK2/S can be fitted on  C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, already procured by Polish Forces.

At the end of 2013, France notified MBDA of a contract for the development and production of a truly fifth generation ground combat system known as MMP . This system will be a vital addition to MBDA’s range of battlefield systems as it will provide a worthy successor to the anti-armoured missile system HOT. Drawing on experiences gained from recent conflicts which have shown that delivering effects without collateral damage is a major operational requirement, MBDA has been developing MMP. This new missile features both “man in the loop” and “fire and forget” capabilities. The dual-band (uncooled infrared and TV channel) missile can be fired from confined spaces and against non-line of sight targets; in a networked environment it can also accept target coordinates from a third party. Suitable for a wide range of battlefield targets (from tanks to infrastructures), for dismounted infantry as well as for use from combat vehicles, MMP’s architecture and technologies position the 4km range missile well ahead of the competition. 

MSPO 2014: Elettronica's Experience and Excellence at the Show

Elettronica is exhibiting in Hall 1 – Stand 18 at MSPO, presenting its technological breakthroughs and advanced solutions: VIRGILIUS, the Integrated EW-Architecture System, ELT/572 DIRCM the winning response to MANPADS threats in the E/O spectrum, and ELT/160, a light Radar Warning Receiver. Other core solutions are the DASS POD of the Eurofighter TYPHOON, and the Smart Elettronica Maintenance System.

Elettronica systematically allocates considerable investments in research for the purpose of developing its modern assets in the whole frequency spectrum: - in the lower frequency bandwidth for radar and non-radar signals, including Communications EW; - in the higher frequency bandwidth up to E/O, to achieve the utmost in-house capability.

The complete ownership of the employed technologies allows the company to establish solid and unrestricted partnerships with the customer as well as to focus on continuous improvements. Specifically, Elettronica’s stand at MSPO, Hall E, stand 18, displays the following systems:

VIRGILIUS, an advanced, multiplatform, fully integrated, flexible Electronic Warfare architecture which stresses signal processing techniques and key enabling technology aspects to deliver a superior range of performance. A modular design approach makes it possible to tailor the proposed solution to the specific needs of the Customer/Final User, both for emitter detection, classification, identification as well as to counter a large threat variety including: radar controlled Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA), Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM), Air-to-Air Missiles (AAM), Early Warning, Search and modern Multifunction Radars for different classes of platforms.

ELT/572 DIRCM (Directional Infrared Countermeasures): the Elettronica’s response to MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defence Systems) missiles, which remain one of the major threats to airborne platforms, easily encountered in the asymmetric conflicts and in terrorist actions. The most reliable and effective approach to counter this type of evolving threat is represented by the use of Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM). The fiber laser technology, applied in the ELT/572, enhances DIRCM effectiveness by improving performances, effectiveness, reliability and efficiency, while it overcomes the traditional setbacks of previous DIRCM suites by reducing the installation constraints and the even more critical and complex setting-up, alignment and maintenance operations. It also allows the use of a small, highly dynamic turret that can very quickly slew and, driven by sophisticated algorithms, accurately concentrate the laser beam on the seekers of the incoming missile threats, ensuring an all-around effective protection of the platforms even against multiple simultaneous threats.

ELT/160: the ELT/160 family of low cost light Radar Warning Receivers is designed to provide self-protection for utility and combat aircraft and helicopters. It protects the platform during operations in insecure areas, anti-tank missions and escort of ground vehicles. To meet the challenge posed by modern threats, this family of Radar Warning Receivers in all its versions, from the light to the combat version, is designed to detect, analyse and identify all the intercepted electromagnetic emissions that can pose a threat to the platform in an extremely short time and beyond the maximum weapon system engagement distance. As all Elettronica’s passive systems, the ELT/160 RWR extractor can perform perfectly in absence of pre-flight information.

Praetorian Podded self-protection system for the Eurofighter TYPHOON. This system, enables the aircraft to evaluate the electromagnetic scenario and then to implement an automatic ECM response to single or multiple threats for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The Praetorian is the result of an international industrial project that helped to merge engineering and innovation into a modern product for EW applications ensuring a state-of-the-art system with high performance capabilities. This integrated ESM/ECM system features such modern technologies as solid-state transceivers, electronic scanning antennas, the DRFM (Digital Radio Frequency Memory) for enhanced the Platform Survivability, and a system SW featuring a high level of robustness and flexibility to effectively cope with different operating environments. The Praetorian Suite also includes an active Missile Approach Warner (MAW), to detect incoming missiles; equipped with high power transmitter and suitably located to protect the platform in all weather conditions, the MAW provides the pilot with a warning indication and activates the prescribed countermeasures.

Smart Elettronica Maintenance System The Smart Elettronica Maintenance System (SEMS) represents Elettronica’s most advanced system support product deriving from its long standing experience in providing customized solutions. This innovative approach takes full advantage of the next generation diagnostic and prognostic hardware embedded in Elettronica’s new EW Systems, and provides the maintenance operator with intuitive touch screen interface and multimedia capabilities, as well as step-by-step guidance in performing the often time-critical troubleshooting, fault isolation and recovery processes. SEMS allows to easily keep a complete and always updated maintenance record and configuration status accounting, and includes an integrated material management system that can be accessed online by the User, as well as Elettronica, and by the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems in order to provide a prompt information management process together with readily available updated technical documentation and training sessions.

Elettronica’s commitment to innovation reflects its dedication in pursuing the company’s objectives and meeting customers’ requirements. Another fundamental and new area is how the company is approaching the EW Cyber Warfare field. Elettronica is now also developing modular scalable EW solutions (ESM/ELINT/CESM/COMINT and ECM) for Unmanned Vehicles dedicated both to the traditional EW MALE and HALE missions as well as for tactical UAV, complementing imaging sensors for an EW-enhanced Situation Awareness in land and maritime patrol missions. One example is the ELT/819 family, designed to fulfill ESM and ELINT tasks conceived for such applications as in SIGINT (SIGnal INTelligence) multirole aircrafts. It can provide users with an effective intelligence capability by exploiting its unique features, deriving from its advanced architecture based on both a Wide Open and SH (Super heterodyne) Digital Receiver, that endows the system with a full ELINT capability, while simultaneously ensuring an effective Surveillance function.