Home' Defence Review Asia : DRA Jan-Feb 2017 Contents IAI INTRODUCES ADA-
NEW SYSTEM DESIGNED
FOR HARDENING GPS
-- January 31, 2017 --
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled
ADA -- an advanced system that protects
avionic systems from GPS jamming. ADA has
already been integrated into several systems and
platforms operating both in Israel and abroad.
The ADA system recently won a tender from
Israel's Ministry of Defense, for integration into
one of the main platforms of the Israel Air Force.
ADA was developed by IAI's MALAM Division,
a national center of excellence for Anti-Jamming
protection of Global Navigation Satellite
Systems (GNSS) receivers.
Under the terms of the project with the Israeli
Air Force, IAI will deliver a turnkey solution
based on its multi-channel Controlled Reception
Pattern Antenna (CRPA) technology. The ADA
integration will ensure the operational continuity
of the aircraft fleet, allowing avionic systems
which rely on satellite navigation systems to
continue uninterrupted operation even under
direct electronic attack, when the enemy uses
GPS jammers or other methods of interference.
"We are excited to receive this important
contract, it is a great compliment for IAI," said
Jacob Galifat, General Manager of the IAI/
MALAM Division, "Facing today's threats to
GNSS, these systems are a must, for any
platform using GPS, or any other Global
Satellite Navigation Systems. Our operationally
proven systems will ensure the availability of
GPS- and GNSS-based systems, even in the
most contested, EW-saturated battle-space.
Considering the operational challenges, we
believe this system has considerable export
potential for many air forces and armies who
experience GNSS jamming in combat zones".
The ADA system was successfully evaluated
recently in the USA, at the NAVFEST event,
where foreign military forces contest anti-
jamming systems against various electronic-
Modern navigation, communications, and
intelligence collection and electronic warfare
systems integrated in modern platforms, rely on
the uninterrupted availability of satellite-based
navigation and timing for their operation. Despite
this dependency, most platforms do not use
electronic counter countermeasures (ECCM)
systems to protect those essential assets.
Remaining exposed, even low-power jammers
can disrupt or even deny the operation of GNSS
systems, thus degrading the platform's capability
to fulfill its mission.
Based on an advanced electronic architecture
and the implementation of sophisticated digital
processing, the agile ADA system, developed
by IAI MLM, protects a broad range of GNSS
systems operating on manned and unmanned
combat aircraft and helicopters. ADA variants
are also used in land-based platforms such
as main battle tanks and APCs, and on naval
systems. Other derivatives of the system are
integrated in various guided weapons.
6 DefenceReviewAsia | JAN-FEB 2017
$2.1B FOR THIRD
-- EVERETT, Washington, Jan. 27, 2017 --
The U.S. Air Force today awarded Boeing $2.1
billion for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spare
engines and wing air refueling pod kits.
This order is the third low-rate initial production
lot for Boeing. The first two came in August 2016
and included seven and 12 planes, respectively,
as well as spare parts.
Boeing plans to build 179 of the 767-based
refueling aircraft for the Air Force to replace its
legacy tanker fleet. Tanker deliveries will begin
later this year.
"This award is great news for the joint Boeing-
Air Force team and reinforces the need for this
highly efficient and capable tanker aircraft,"
said Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46A tanker vice
president and program manager. "Our Boeing
industry team is hard at work building and
testing KC-46 aircraft, and we look forward to
"Placing an order for another 15 aircraft is
another important milestone for the KC-46
program," said Col. John Newberry, Air Force
KC-46 System program
manager. "I know the
warfighter is excited
about bringing this next
into the inventory."
Boeing received an
initial contract in 2011
to design and develop
the Air Force's next-
generation tanker aircraft.
As part of that contract,
Boeing built four test
aircraft -- two configured
as 767-2Cs and two as
KC-46A tankers. Those
test aircraft, along with
the first production plane,
have completed nearly 1,500 flight hours to date.
The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel
all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible
with international aerial refueling procedures and
can carry passengers, cargo and patients.
ADA graphic. Credit: IAI
The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel allied and coalition military aircraft
and also carry passengers, cargo and patients. (Boeing photo)
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