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Pakistan getting U.S. jamming pod

Oct. 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM   |   Comments

CLIFTON, N.J., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- ITT Corp. has been awarded a U.S. Foreign Military Sales contract to provide a digital radio frequency memory-based jamming pod.

The $49 million FMS contract is for Pakistan.

The pod incorporates an identical hardware configuration to ITT's Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System, a proven, integrated digital receiver-based radar warning and jamming counter-measures system that can be used on fixed-wing aircraft.

The pod-mounted variant of AIDEWS will be fully qualified for F-16 flight under the contract and is the same form factor as ALQ-131 electronic countermeasures pods currently flying on U.S. Air Force and international F-16s.

"This pod-mounted system brings electronic warfare technology to our allies at much less expense," said Rich Sorelle, vice president of ITT's Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems business area.

"Since AIDEWS is based on our modular, scalable EW technology, future maintenance and upgrade costs for mixed F-16 aircraft fleets also will be lower because internal and external versions share the same components."

AIDEWS is built upon the proven ALQ-211 family of electronic warfare systems in use to support a broad range of U.S. and allied defense customers on many rotary-wing and fighter aircraft. These include versions of the NH-90, V-22, MH-47, MH-60, F-16 and several commercial platforms.

AIDEWS provides fighter pilots with situational awareness and protection against radar-based threats, including modern surface-to-air and air-to-air weapon systems.

AIDEWS is in full production with more than 160 systems under contract for six nations as part of ITT's F-16 Foreign Military Sales program. To date, 134 systems have been delivered.

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