Leonardo will provide new electronic warfare training equipment for the NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS) as part of a recently inked €180M contract with the UK Ministry of Defence as the host nation for NATO JEWCS, which is based at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) in Yeovilton.
The contract will be delivered in tranches over the next 4 years from Leonardo’s Electronic Warfare (EW) centre of excellence in Luton, UK. Leonardo will incorporate technology from partners Cobham and Elettronica.
In the air, highly capable and flexible pod-based EW systems will be supplied for deployment on aircraft, alongside a NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defence Evaluation Facility (NASMDEF). NASMDEF comprises a set of pods that can be installed on aircraft to simulate anti-ship missiles.
They allow forces to train in the use of ‘soft-kill countermeasures’ which are used to protect ships from incoming threats. Leonardo’s principle sub-contractor for these elements will be Cobham.
For land and maritime applications, fully ruggedised shelters and vehicles will be provided, equipped with modular and flexible EW simulators, stimulators and jamming equipment. Leonardo’s principal sub-contractor for these elements will be Elettronica
NATO JEWCS is the Alliance agency responsible for the high-tech world of electronic warfare.
Part of NATO JEWCS’s remit is to improve armed forces training by simulating the effects of an enemy’s latest electronic warfare equipment during exercises, creating a ‘hostile environment’ in which to train.
NATO JEWCS deploys high-tech EW equipment to deliver this service at training sites around Europe, allowing armed forces to practice their skills in areas such as electronic surveillance and electronic countermeasures while facing true-to-life attempts to disrupt their activity.