According to the DOD, the solution to both the ALE-39 and the ALQ-136 rests in the development and deployment of Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM), which includes the interim ALQ-165, or the Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
(ASPJ), the ALE-50, and eventually the ALQ-214 and ALE-55 Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy.
The Republic of (South) Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has officially decided to equip its latest batch of F-16 fighters with the AN/ALQ-165 Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
These new F-16s are to be fitted, like' the F-16s previously acquired by the ROKAF, with the AN/ALQ-165 Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
(ASPJ), the AN/APG-68(V)7 radar, LANTIRN navigation/targeting pods and advanced identification-friend-or-foe systems, as well as the capability to carry the Harpoon antiship missile and the High-speed AntiRadiation Missile.
A derivative of the Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
(ASPJ) would provide the active RF countermeasures, along with a fiber-optic towed decoy (FOTD) -- either the Sanders (Nashua, NH) FOTD, which is part of the current IDECM RFCM program, or a fiber-optic variant of the Raytheon (Goleta, CA) AN/ALE-50 decoy.
Sources indicate that these would probably have the Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
(ASPJ) installed during production.
The Navy's Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
(ASPJ) program continues to attract the attention of the House and Senate authorization committees.
ITT Defense and Electronics (Clifton, NJ) will highlight its AN/ALQ- 165 Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
(ASPJ) at the EW pavilion.
The likely self-protection package, continued the source, would be of the now-standard, US Foreign Military Funded (FMF'ed) export variety: the ALR-56M RWR, the baseline threat warning system for the F-16 (and highly exportable, being the first EW system to traverse all the wickets in the US Defense Technology Security Administration's 'In-Country Reprogramming' procedure); the ALE-47 chaff/flare dispenser; and, for internal jamming, either the ALQ-202 ECM system (which is designed to interface with the ALR-56M) or perhaps the resurgent Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
. Any EW companies involved in a Saudi F-16 program would have to farm out work, under license, to the country's giant offset company, Advanced Electronics Co.
The Navy emphasis on using proven technology or NDI also persuaded ITT Avionics to propose interfacing the RFCM subsystem with existing ALQ-165 Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
(ASPJ) space and Group A wiring provisions within the F/A-18E/F.