Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR March 2010 Contents The R&D program has focussed on the following equipment:
countermeasures techniques, particularly aimed at the use of
environmentally-rugged RF photonic links having an extremely wide
bandwidth (40GHz), to improve performance, reduce weight and
increase the potential for future system upgrades;
advanced air-to-air and surface-to-air infrared (IR) weapon systems.
The core of this activity is DSTO’s compact missile countermeasure
laser unit, known as the Multi-band Research Laser Infra-red (MURLIN).
MURLIN is a leading edge technology, particularly through its use of a
high efficiency solid-state laser and frequency conversion techniques to
achieve the objective of defeating IR missile seekers, such as those used
on man portable air defence systems (MANPADS);
reconfigurable ASE pods in which systems under development can be
installed and flight tested under representative conditions on suitable
aircraft. Targeted systems include SIRFC, FO-50 Towed decoy and
distributed across a two-pod system to enable assessment of a complete
aircraft EW system.
operator situational awareness technologies such as high-quality 3D
audio cueing, for operator EW training and automated workload analysis.
(3D audio cueing of a threat location, embedded in a multi-function
crew helmet, is available from a European country).
modelling and simulation environment incorporating hardware-in-the-
loop (HWIL) and human-in-the-loop (HIL) capabilities that support the
development, integration, evaluation and validation of next generation
EW capabilities. The HWIL capabilities include a full-spectrum suite EW
stimulation capability (UV, IR, laser, RF and NAVWAR) and high fidelity
threat emulators. The SIL also uses Distributed Interactive Simulation
technology to enable it to be linked to other remote national and
international synthetic environments.
awarded to GKN Melbourne in 2008 was added to PA-10 . It is for the
development and trials of a kit that can be added to Helicopters and
other selected fixed wing aircraft to suppress the IR signature of the
engines. Details of the technique are unknown. The current activity is
scheduled for completion in 2012. It is noteworthy that some 30 years
ago the then Fairey Australia developed and successfully trialled an IR
suppressor kit for the engines of the C-130, but is not known whether the
kit ever entered ser vice in the RAAF.
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