Exelis has been awarded a contract to supply additional spare parts forelectronic warfare (EW) systems being supplied to the Pakistan Air Force under an existing contract.

Awarded by the US Air Force (USAF), the $9m contract requires the company to manufacture and deliver a range of spare components for ALQ-211 advanced integrated defensive electronic warfare suite (AIDEWS), following successful development and integration flight-testing phases.

The systems are being provided as part of a $53m foreign military sales (FMS) contract awarded by Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, US, in December 2011, to protect the country’s F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from radio frequency threats.

Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business area vice-president and general manager Joe Rambala said, "The AIDEWS pod offers dependable protection against a range of dynamic electronic threats."

Developed from the Exelis ALQ-211 (V) 4 system, the AIDEWS is a next-generation integrated radar warning system designed to provide pilots with situational awareness and protection against radar-based threats, including modern surface-to-air and air-to-air weapon systems.

"The systems are being provided as part of a $53m foreign military sales contract."

The system has been integrated into a wide variety of US and allied defence rotary-wing and fighter aircraft, such as the NH-90 helicopter, V-22 Osprey, MH-47, MH-60 Black Hawk, F-16 Fighter and several commercial platforms.

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Exelis is currently developing more than 180 AIDEWS systems for six nations, as part of the company’s FMS programme, and has to date delivered 140 systems along with continuous software support to customers worldwide.

Production of AIDEWS components will be carried out at the Exelis Electronic Systems (ES) facility in Clifton, New Jersey, US, while deliveries are expected to complete in 2016.

Image: The AIDEWS pod-mounted system is built on the proven ALQ-211 family of electronic warfare systems. Photo: © 2011 Exelis.

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