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13 Jan 15. USAF wants to improve DCGS imagery. The Air Force Distributed Common Ground System is retiring its current systems of ordering imagery from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in favor of new mechanisms such as the National Exploitation Services and Net-Centric Geospatial-Intelligence Discovery Services. The Air Force has put out a sources-sought notice for contractors to support the transition. The purpose of the notice is to support a potential future acquisition of an enterprise approach for ingesting and storing imagery data on the collateral and high-side East Coast Hub and West Coast Hub Data Storage and Dissemination devices, according to the Air Force. The possible future acquisition will also provide content discovery and retrieval of the NGA imagery data, according to the Air Force. Retrieval may incorporate some combination of remote data visualization, data streaming technologies, and traditional file transfer capabilities. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
12 Jan 15. A successful flight test of the Raytheon-built APG-79(V)X AESA radar system has demonstrated the functions needed to extend the relevance of F/A-18C/D Hornet fighter/attack jets, including:
* extended detection ranges
* simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities
* production of high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mapping
* industry leading reliability
“We put our latest AESA radar capability to the test and it exceeded our expectations,” said Mike “Ponch” Garcia, business development director of Tactical Airborne Systems for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business, and a former F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilot/instructor. “Our APG-79(V)X combines the best features of our AESA portfolio to ensure low risk and give F/A-18C/D a tactical advantage for the next 15 to 20 years.”
The company has delivered more than 500 tactical AESA tactical radars from its portfolio that includes the APG-79, APG-63(V)3 and APG-82(V)1 for F-15, F/A-18E/F, EA-18G and B-2 aircraft. The APG-79 system, a U.S. Navy program of record, flies globally on F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers, and has seen service in four combat theaters since its first delivery in 2006.
“Raytheon fielded the world’s first operational AESA radar for fighter aircraft in 2000,” said Roy Azevedo, vice president for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business. “Our portfolio of tactical AESA radars has now flown more than 500,000 operational hours – an industry first. We will continue to advance this technology to give our warfighters the greatest possible tactical advantage.”
12 Jan 15. India’s Tejas aircraft receives advanced electronic warfare suite. India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) built advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite has completed its first flight onboard the Tejas-PV1 light combat aircraft (LCA) in Bengaluru.
The equipment successfully detected radar signals operating in and around the flight path during the test, which was undertaken after the receipt of due flight clearances and certification. Built by DRDO’s Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) laboratory, the EW suite features a radar warner and jammer, and provides the pilot with an additional capability to nullify the effect of detected radar threat by appropriate mode of jamming. DRDO director general, Department of Defence R&D secretary and Indian Defence Minister scientific advisor Dr Avinash Chander said: “This warfare suite adds an important capability to our LCA”. DARE OS and director J Manjula, said: “LCA is the first fighter aircraft of India fitted with a radar warner and jammer equipment with capability for both radar warning and jamming using a unified EW technology.
“Over the coming few months, ADA and DARE will be scheduling further sorties to evaluate the system in var