WASHINGTON – BAE Systems received a $4 million contract from the Navy for a quick-turnaround demonstration of a new radio frequency countermeasure system for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article
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20 Jan. 2021 -- The electronic warfare (EW) system will be a lightweight pod mounted to the aircraft that will add self-protection capability to the Poseidon. It consists of a small jammer, a high-powered amplifier, and the AN/ALE-55 Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy, and lures enemy missiles away from the aircraft to the towed decoy.
BAE Systems will design, build, integrate and ship the aviation self-protection system in around five months followed by two months of flight testing on the Poseidon, beginning in early 2021.
This rapid timeline stems from collaboration of small focus teams that developed an approach to the system’s mechanical parts, company officials say. This effort reduces the process to five or six months from the 18 to 24 months it used to take.
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