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the expected retirement date of the fleet. The systems to be replaced or
upgraded include the Lockheed DMS-2000, (Data Management System),
UHF communications. The project also addresses Pre- and Post-Mission
Support in the JEWOSU and related situation awareness assessment for RF
threats. The project is managed by the P-3 Accord comprising Australian
Aerospace Systems, BAE Systems, and DMO.
Other than the ELTA ALR-2001 ESM little knowledge of the EW capabilities
of the AP-3C are public, but considering the fact that the aircraft was
widely used for land surveillance in Iraq and similarly is now being used in
Afghanistan it can be reliably assumed that it will carry an EWSP at least of
the calibre of the MRH-90 EWSP, i.e the Thales TWE a Missile Warner and a
CMDS. It is not known whether such an EWSP would be a fleet fit.
F/A-18 E/F SUPER HORNET
The 24 Super Hornets that Defence has ordered will be delivered with
the same EW configuration as the USN aircraft. The USN configuration
ALE-50 Towed RF Decoy. It is not known whether the aircraft also carries IR
and laser warners to combat SAMs.
FUTURE AIRCRAFT PROGRAMS
The following future aircraft purchases are also on the table:
F-35 LIGHTNING 11
The EW suite for this aircraft is understood to comprise:
the APG-81 AESA radar to provide a Stand-off RF jammer capability.
Six IR sensors are distributed around the aircraft to provide a near
spherical IR detection capability.
BAE Systems that provides sensor fusion of RF and IR tracking functions
and includes data links that form part of the Northrop Grumman-
developed Communications, Navigation and Intelligence (CNI) suite.
The PRS provides basic radar warning, and multispectral countermeasures
for self-defense against threat missiles, situational awareness and high-
sensitivity electronic sur veillance. Sensors are placed at 10 locations:
on the wings’ leading edges (6), trailing edges (2), and on the horizontal
stabilizer’s trailing edges (2).
Future development of the EW suite is expected to address an integrated
network and exploitation functions.
Electronic Attack aircraft in the USN inventory and the EF-111 in the Air
the two wing tip stations will carry receiving antennas and the fuselage-
mounted gun will be replaced with avionics boxes containing the LR-700
structure is largely retained.
Tigers are part of the EWSP mix Credit: ADF
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