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20 Jan 14. Raytheon is developing the Navy’s Air and Missile Defense radar that might be capable of carrying out electronic attacks, according to a report in U.S. Naval Institute News. The company is developing the system for the Navy’s Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (DDG-51), according to the report. It is the system’s active electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna that could launch attacks. “Right now, that’s not one of the requirements” of the system, but it “could be in the future,” said William Williford with NAVSEA’s Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), as quoted in the report. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
22 Jan 14. The German military is considering four variants for a new signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft to replace the scrapped Eurohawk UAV project. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support has come up with manned and unmanned solutions. An unnamed source in security circles told Defense News that three variants are supposed to carry the new Integrated Signal Intelligence System (ISIS) developed under Airbus, formerly EADS, for the Eurohawk. These variants could include a medium-range passenger aircraft the size of an Airbus A319, a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV like the Predator, or a business jet the size of a Bombardier Global, the source said. The German Air Force does operate two Airbus 319CJ corporate jetliners, four bombardier Global 5000 jets, and has discussed acquiring the Predator. An existing SIGINT solution without the ISIS system also is being evaluated. The four proposals are being evaluated by the German Defense Ministry. The chief of staff, Gen. Volker Wieker, is supposed to get the results by the end of January. Germany’s old SIGINT planes are based on the Breuget Atlantique airframe, which were supposed to be replaced by four Eurohawks. The Eurohawk was built by Northrop Grumman in cooperation with EADS and is based on the Global Hawk UAV. However, the project was scrapped in May, about two years after the prototype had been delivered. Massive problems in licensing the vehicle for European airspace and a possible explosion of costs were cited as the primary reasons. So far, up to €600m (US $812.75m) had been spent on the project. (Source: Defense News)
Blighter® Surveillance Systems (BSS) is a UK-based electronic-scanning radar and sensor solution provider delivering an integrated multi-sensor package to systems integrators comprising the Blighter electronic-scanning radars, cameras, thermal imagers, trackers and software solutions. Blighter radars combine patented solid-state Passive Electronic Scanning Array (PESA) technology with advanced Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) and Doppler processing to provide a robust and persistent surveillance capability. Blighter Surveillance Systems is a Plextek Group company, a leading British design house and technology innovator, and is based at Great Chesterford on the outskirts of Cambridge, England.
The Blighter electronic-scanning (e-scan) FMCW Doppler ground surveillance radar (GSR) is a unique patented product that provides robust intruder detection capabilities under the most difficult terrain and weather conditions. With no mechanical moving parts and 100% solid-state design, the Blighter radar family of products are extremely reliable and robust and require no routine maintenance for five years. The Blighter radar can operate over land and water rapidly searching for intruders as small a crawling person, kayaks and even low-flying objects. In its long-range modes the Blighter radar can rapidly scan an area in excess of 3,000 km² to ensure that intruders are detected, identified and intercepted before they reach critical area