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By Julian Nettlefold, Editor, BATTLESPACE

19 Jun 07. BATTLESPACE Editor Julian Nettlefold met ITT’s Electronic Systems Buisness Development Director, Christopher Carlson to discuss the company’s range of EW products.

“We have been in the EW business for 40 years and aim to maintain our leadership in this segment,” Carlson said, “To meet this challenge, ITT applies its leadership in electronic warfare technology, from concept through design and development to manufacturing and support. This includes threat warning, situational awareness and electronic countermeasures suites These systems give our forces the edge they need to achieve mission success. Thousands of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft are equipped with our systems, including strategic, tactical and special operations platforms.”

ITT provides a full range of services including electronic warfare system installation, integration, testing, training and customer support. Leading the path for the future, ITT has developed the U.S. Department of Defense’s next-generation of aircraft survivability suites.

ITT’s ALQ-211 Suite of Integrated RF Countermeasures (SIRFC) serves on a variety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including the CV-22, NH-90, F-16, MH-47 and MH-60. The Advanced Integrated Defensive EW Suite (AIDEWS), procured by multiple international customers to protect F-16 fighters The ALQ-214 IDECM RFCM will protect front line aircraft including the F/A-18E/F. ALQ-172, which provides highly effective protection to B-52 bombers and Special Operations C-130 aircraft.

“ITT continues to work with the U.S. and its allies, developing new systems to detect and counter emerging threats to warfighters and military platforms. We have had considerable interest in our new AN/ALQ-211(V)9 Pod produced in association with Meggitt and hope to announce a new export customer in due course. In addition we are working on lightweight and low-power EW suites for UAV applications.”

The AN/ALQ-211(V)9 Pod provides fighter aircraft with the technology edge for mission success and survivability. The system allows upgrades to internally mounted systems. The system leverages ITT’s proven modular, scalable ALQ-211 (V)4 system, offering state-of-the art technology, including digital receiver technology for current or legacy fighter aircraft, ensuring EW capability for world-wide deployments. Because of the modular nature of the product it has excellent growth capability including the addition of a towed decoy system and an embedded, stand-alone digital RWR can augment an on-board Radar Warning receiver. The system can be used in conjunction with a targeting pod.

The AN/ALQ-211 system is already in service with Pakistan (internal), Oman, Chile and Poland in Pod form.

On March 6th, 2006, ITT Industries, Inc. was awarded an $82m contract for Full Rate Production of the AN/ ALQ-214(V)2 Countermeasures Systems from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River , MD during fiscal year 2006. Total potential contract value with priced options is $454.7m. This significant part of the U.S. Navy’s Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) System is installed on the U.S. Navy’s F-18E/F fighter attack aircraft to allow pilots to evade enemy radar. This new award is in addition to ITT contracts for $146.1m for the ALQ-214 received since 2004. nThe contract includes 264 systems to be delivered for F-18E/F fighter attack aircraft. Subsequent production contracts, spares and associated work could significantly add to the overall program’s value. The system achieved its first export award this year for the Australian Air Force fleet of 24 F-18 E/F aircraft.

ITT is also interested in broadening its supply base to other aerial platforms and on November 14, 2005 it received a 3-year contract from the U.S. Army’s Technology Applications Program Office, Fort Eustis, VA, to produce electronic warfare systems for Special Oper

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