MBDA Deutschland and IAI to enhance Bundeswehr’s electronic warfare capabilities

By Defence Industry Europe, Arie Egozi

MBDA Deutschland has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ELTA Systems (a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries) to jointly offer electronic warfare (EW) solutions to the German Armed Forces.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the companies includes cooperation in promoting solutions for air defense training and in electronic warfare based on the ground-breaking EW technology developed by the ELTA division of IAI.

The goal of the MBDA Deutschland and IAI is to boost air defence and electronic warfare training capabilities of the German Armed Forces, MBDA Deutschland said in the statement.

Both companies will offer to German Armed Forces Scorpius-G and Scorpius-T solutions.

“The cooperation between the two companies will enable the Germans to get the full advantage’s of the vast Israeli operational experience in EW techniques,” said Adi Dulberg, VP & General Manager, IAI/ELTA Intelligence, Communications & EW Division.

The German MBDA will leverage its expertise in defense systems and training In order to ensure the existence of future integration and adaptation to the systems of the German/European training organization.

“Training in electronic air defence and electronic warfare is an essential skill for the Bundeswehr. Our goal is to provide the German armed forces with the best possible ground-based air defence technology and EW performance. IAI and MBDA have worked together intensively in this area over the last year. By combining the innovations and expertise of IAI and MBDA, we are well positioned to provide the Bundeswehr with the advanced air defence solutions it needs to meet the security challenges of the 21st century,” said Guido Brendler, Head of Sales and Business Development MBDA Deutschland.

According to the IAI, Scorpius-G (ELL-8256SB) is a powerful ground-based, state-of-the-art, long-distance RF Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) system. Scorpius-G effectively intercepts, analyzes, locates, tracks and jams a wide variety of airborne and land-based systems including fire control radars, search radars, AEW sensors and SAR. The system is based on advanced and innovative technology featuring Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) with Gallium-Nitride (GaN) Solid State Amplifiers (SSA). The novel design provides exceptional receiver sensitivity and Effective Radiated Power (ERP) transmission, far exceeding those of legacy EW solutions. The enhanced sensitivity and ERP enable Scorpius-G to detect, distort and degrade enemy radars even through their side lobes, greatly increasing the system’s jamming effectiveness.

The Scorpius-T (ELL-8257SB) is a multi-threat Electronic Warfare (EW) emulator for aircrew training and system testing and evaluation, creating unprecedented diverse and effective training scenarios – including advanced training scenarios for fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Scorpius-T trains aircrews and EW operators in handling realistic, signal-dense, multi-threat environments. The system emulates a wide range of emitters, including modern long-range threats. Using a programmable and updatable threat database, current and future threats are supported – including surface-to-air missile systems, radar systems, and communication links. The system is based on an RF emulator employing Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) with Gallium-Nitride (GaN) technology. With AESA multi-beam capability, the system can simultaneously engage multiple trainee aircraft with different threat patterns. For each emulated threat, Scorpius-T simulates radar waveforms through the full operational sequence: search acquire-track-launch, IAI said.



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