The ongoing ADEX, marks the Asian debut of the new generation Leonardo Compact Jamming System (CJS) which has been integrated onto a Terma F-16 Electronic Combat Integrated Pylon System (ECIPS). Leonardo is positioning its Electronic Warfare (EW) solutions to meet upcoming Republic of Korea (ROK) requirements, which has various fighter class programmes underway, including upgrades to its KF-16s.
“We would look to offer our new compact jammer to air forces that will continue to operate the F-16 for a reasonable period of time and would welcome discussions with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) to provide additional details on our system,” Rob Laidlar, EW Sales Campaign Manager, Combat Air & Space Systems at Leonardo tells Daily News.
Daily News understands that while the ROKAF is performing a Mid-Life Update on its KF-16s (approx 130 in number), there is no upgrade to the aircraft’s EW systems. The CJS can be integrated onto existing national assets or new platforms providing an immediate high-end DRFM based jamming capability to customer forces and rapid access to world class levels of RF protection.
“We will now pursue the F-16 market, with whom we have a longstanding relationship, to find a launch customer. With our strong partnership with F-16 operators, we are also looking to finalise our partner for flight testing of the new digital jammer with the integrated combat pylon,” Morten Weise Schousen, Business Development Director, Asia-Pacific at Terma, tells Daily News.
The new CJS was presented in public for the first time at last year’s Farnborough Airshow and a launch customer is yet to be obtained. There is however, a size- able market of F-16 operators who could consider the new system as it requires minimal changes to be integrated. Laidlar also highlights the fact that the brand-new digital jammer is ITAR free and is ideally suited for customers who don’t build their own EW kit but manufacture their own aircraft and helicopters.
The CJS is a Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) combined with an associated techniques generator, receive antennas, transmitters and power hardware into a very com- pact form factor. It provides a complete self-contained jamming capability able to counter the most advanced new threats.
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