Tuesday, April 3, 2012
ITT Exelis to Provide Jamming Pods for Pakistani F-16s
ITT Exelis has finalized a $54 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to provide the Pakistan Air Force with digital radio frequency memory-based jamming pods.
Exelis Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) integrates digital radar warning receivers and advanced jamming countermeasures systems to provide pilots with situational awareness and protection against radar-based threats, including modern surface-to-air and air-to-air weapon systems. This Exelis contract delivers state-of-the-art self-protection to international allied forces aircraft. The AIDEWS system, which uses identical hardware in its internal and external/pod versions is now in full production.
This contract, an FMS order awarded by Robins Air Force Base, Ga., enables the pod-mounted variant of AIDEWS to be fully qualified for the F-16 aircraft.
“This pod-mounted system brings electronic warfare technology to our customers at much less expense,” said Rich Sorelle, vice president and general manager of the Exelis Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems business area. “Since AIDEWS is being adopted by many of our international allies and is based on our modular and scalable EW technology, future upgrade costs are shared and affordable. Legacy and new F-16 aircraft fleets share the exact same components for internally mounted and external pod versions, significantly reducing the cost of ownership.”
AIDEWS is built upon the proven ALQ-211 family of electronic warfare systems now in use to support a broad range of U.S. and allied defense customers on many aircraft.
Work will be performed at the Exelis Electronic Systems division.