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"FIA 2018" (11). Elettronica Group: advanced electronic and cyber warfare solutions

The presence with its three industrial assets

Elettronica Group attends the "Farnborough International Airshow 2018" ("FIA", from 16th to 22nd of July), the most awaited event in the Aerospace, Defence and Security industry. Elettronica Group, with its three industrial assets -Elettronica SpA (Electronic Warfare), Elettronica GMBH (Homeland Security & EW), CY4GATE (Cyberwarfare)- as an European reference in Defence & Security, showcases its latest technical solutions. Elettronica’s systems are in service in more than 30 countries and deployed with their Armed Forces and Security Agencies performing a variety of key operational missions, from Strategic Surveillance, to Self Protection, Sigint, Electronic Attack and Operational Support for airborne, naval and ground applications. The Group boasts a strong record of successful domestic and international collaborations on all the key modern military platforms such as the Italian PPA, the fighter Eurofighter Typhoon airplane, the NFH-90 helicopter, the Italian and French ship class Horizon and FREMM, and a wide range of projects in the Gulf, Middle East and Asia.

At Farnborough, the spotlight is on the last strategic collaboration with Indra, another European Defense reference, for the first next- generation, fully European self-protection InfraRed solution, to defend any type of airborne platforms, from helicopters to transport/tanker to jets, from heat-guided missiles (MANPAD). The solution, named EuroDIRQM (Direct InfraRed Countermeasure) reflects its European roots and the use of a new technology -the Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL)*-, is the latest development in laser technology that represents a step forward from conventional semiconductor lasers. The EuroDIRQM solution will bring together about 30 years of combined experience in the DIRCM field by the two companies. MANPADS are today the main cause for military aircraft losses in conflict scenarios representing an international threat and a global concern due to their proliferation and their use by terrorist groups.

*QCL energy is generated directly in the band of interest, optimizing power consumption at the same time as output beam. The DIRCM operational concept is based on the detection of the incoming threat during the missile launch and the countermeasure of the missile guidance using a directed laser beam that deviates the trajectory of the missile. All the process is quick and automatic, and the system can react against attacks of any IR seeker with a jamming sequence that ensures successful countermeasure.

In addition to MANPADS, new military and security challenges are arising globally in the form of new lethal threats, and one of them is the massive growth in the use of drones. ADRIAN (Anti-Drone Interception Acquisition and Neutralization) is an advanced anti-drone system* dedicated to the protection of critical infrastructures and public areas during public events and civil airspace from hostile mini and micro drones threats. The company is already working with the Italian Air and Land Forces for the supply of its antidrone system and with a country in the Middle East.

*The system is based on multispectral sensors (Radar, EO/IR, acoustic and radio link interceptor) data fusion for the detection and identification functions and on a reactive and adaptive jammer to interrupt the remote control link of the platform without interfering with the communications that insist in the same area, and the navigation aids signals used to follow the programmed route through proper waypoints.

Farnborough also offers to the Group the opportunity to showcase EDGE, the new Escort Jamming solution for airborne applications based on a high level of electronic and mechanical innovation. An autonomous pod configuration designed to increase the survivability and success of attacking airborne forces with performances and installation capabilities.‎ EDGE’s functions are designed to create a safe corridor for multiple mission aircraft. Its embedded ELINT features and networking capabilities enhance situational awareness, intelligence collection, and advanced jamming countermeasure against new 3-digit radars.

Elettronica is the co-design authority of the PRAETORIAN self-protection system in wing-tip-pod configuration on board of the Eurofighter Typhoon platform, that allows the aircraft to dominate the electromagnetic scenario by automatically responding to air-to-air and surface-to-air threats.

At the Airshow Customers and Partners finally have the opportunity to appreciate the Training & Education activities offered by the Group with its EW Academy, a modern and advanced center with dedicated infrastructures, assets, processes, scenario simulations and experts covering every aspect the evolving Electronic Warfare domain. Five selected and reputed Customers in the world have already granted their trust to Elettronica, also thanks to an experience gained in over 65 years.  

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