From retrofitting aftermarket sales of fighters to exploiting gaps in military acquisition planning, Exelis is upgrading electronic warfare equipment for U.S. and global aircraft.
Exelis is marketing its Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (Aidews), an integrated radar-warning receiver, to international customers. At the Farnborough air show, it is showing off an upgraded radio-frequency jamming system for AH-64 Apache helicopters, a digital integrated countermeasures system for/F Super Hornets and a missile warning system.
Though often electronic attack systems handle either defensive or attack capabilities, Aidews does both. It includes a passive device to detect threat radar systems and a radio-frequency jammer. Initially designed for brand-newbeing built at ’s Ft. Worth, Texas, production line, Exelis developed a pod for legacy F-16s with internal investment, says Andy Dunn, vice president of international business development.
With the sale of older F-16s from one country to another, Exelis is capitalizing on the opportunity to upgrade the fighter’s self-protection and mission-enabling technologies. Dunn notes that Taiwan is planning to upgrade more than 100 F-16s. “Anywhere where there are midlife upgrades or excess defense article F-16s, that’s where we’ll be,” Dunn says.
By the end of the year, Exelis expects to announce a new international customer for its radio frequency jamming system for Apache aircraft. With the focus of the U.S. military and allies shifting toward the Asia-Pacific region, Exelis refreshed existing ALQ-136 technology for Apache users in areas where there is little masking terrain.
The company also is marketing new, lighter versions of its ALQ-214 technologies that establish an electronic shield on U.S. Navy and Australian Air Force F/A-18 aircraft. And Exelis has teamed withdefense and space systems to bring its AAR60V2 technology into the U. S. military for Air National Guard F-16 aircraft. Dunn says a request for proposals for a system is expected by the end of this year.