MEWSGMulti-Service Electronic Warfare Support Group (NATO)
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As an evolving organization, MEWSG was to have acquired three heavy jamming platforms similar to the USN's Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (FEWSG) NKC-I35A/EC-24A aircraft.
Outside this equipment (supported by its own EW engineering workshop), the company also flies Royal Navy ATRS-5 threat simulator pods and MEWSG ALQ-I67(V), AST-4(V) and ALE-43 systems.
The keys to any NATO-driven, contractor-based expansion lie with the future development of MEWSG and how the alliance chooses to define the term "national assets.
The future of MEWSG has already been touched on, and it is possible that its development could become increasingly interlinked with that of the replacement for 360 Squadron.
It is in this area that some synergy between the national and MEWSG requirements might appear, with the full capability possibly being built around (in part or in whole) an internal suite of equipment mounted in an airframe such as the British Aerospace (BAe) 125 business jet.
The USN is believed to have taken delivery of at least one such system and the pod is being bid for the described MEWSG update program.
MEWSG provided 17 pod systems: two ALE-43 chaff dispensers, four AST-4 threat emitter simulators and 11 ALQ-167 radar jammers.
The threat simulator aircraft are essentially "spear carriers" used in this instance as platforms for the previously noted MEWSG ALQ-167 and AST-4 systems.
Created in 1979, MEWSG has a generally similar function to the USN's FEWSG; using a mixture of podded and van-mounted systems, it provides "realistic maritime, air-sea and air-sea-land ECM/ECCM training.