From the rudimentary days of REWSON with the ALE-29, ALR-45, and ALQ-100 on limited numbers of aircraft, to today's ALE-47, ALQ-165, integrated defensive electronic countermeasures
, and directed infrared countermeasures programs, aircraft survivability has come a long way in supporting virtually all Navy fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
The ALQ-214(V)4/5 is the latest variant of the onboard jammer subsystem in the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures
The $480-million development effort seeks to replace most of the components of the Lancer's current EDO (Deer Park, NY) AN/ALQ-161 radio-frequency (RF) jammer, substituting instead the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures
RF Countermeasures (IDECM RFCM) suite: the AN/ALR-56M radar warning receiver with an upgraded processor, the ITT (Clifton, NJ) AN/ALQ-2l4 techniques generator, and the BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) AN/ALE-55 fiber-optic towed decoy to replace the Raytheon (Goleta, CA) AN/ALE-50 (non-fiber-optic) decoy now carried by the B-1B.
ITT Exelis (NYSE:XLS) announced on Wednesday the award of a USD19.6m contract for software enhancements to the F/A-18 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures
(IDECM) ALQ-214 Common On-board Jammer (OBJ).
We have onboard self-protect capability," including the BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures
The Radio-Frequency Countermeasures (RFCM) portion of the US Navy's Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures
(IDECM) program recently got the nod to go ahead with low-rate, initial production (LRIP).
In spite of early tow-line problems, the Navy is moving toward having a full-up Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures
(IDECM) system available by FY03, building on the Kosovo experience with the ALE-50(V), which Grieco called "a real success story." IDECM funding and procurement lag, however.
And as noted in the June 2000 issue of JED, three other latest generation decoys are the Smart JR Towed Decoy (SIRTD), a decoy that emulates the motion of the target to be protected and drops pyrophoric "donuts;" the Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD); and the Fiber Optic Towed Decoy (FOTD), an off-board component of the integrated defensive electronic countermeasures
(IDECM) radio-frequency countermeasures (RFCM) program.