Harris to provide EW transmitter technology for USAF AC/MC-130J aircraft


Harris has been selected by BAE Systems to supply its advanced electronic warfare (EW) transmitter technology.

A contract to this effect was signed between the companies during the fourth quarter of Harris' 2017 fiscal year.

Under the contract, Harris will provide phased array antennas for the C-130J radio frequency countermeasures (RFCM) programme.

The RFCM is a fully integrated suite that provides radio frequency countermeasures capability to the MC-130J Commando II and AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft to help detect, identify, locate, deny and defeat threats in the battlespace, as well as beyond a pilot’s line of sight.

Using Harris’ advanced EW transmitter technology, the US Air Force Special Operations AC/MC-130J aircraft will be protected from electronic threats.

Harris Electronic Systems president Ed Zoiss said: “Aircraft like the AC/MC-130J fly at low-altitude and spend extended periods in hostile territory, exposing special operators to a wide range of lethal threats.

"Using Harris’ advanced EW transmitter technology, the US Air Force Special Operations AC/MC-130J aircraft will be protected from electronic threats."

“Harris' phased array technology will ensure BAE’s electronic countermeasure systems have the directional transmitting power essential for protecting aircraft and crews, and bringing them home safely.”

The phased array antennas will provide the transmit capability for BAE’s EW countermeasure systems, Harris said.

The active, electronically scanned arrays use next-generation semiconductor technology to provide fast, agile beam pointing and high reliability, according to Harris.

Harris’ EW technology is claimed to provide a penetrating view of the threat landscape, protection against sophisticated, ever-changing and future threats, as well as the ability to harness the spectrum for a persistent tactical advantage.


Image: A C-130J in flight. Photo: courtesy of Harris Corporation.