Italian electronic warfare (EW) house Elettronica (Stand 06-B24) is looking to build on its long relationship with the UAE armed forces in the supply and support of EW systems across air, land and sea. The company’s most recent success in-country has been with the supply of the SEAL shipborne electronic support measures (ESM) system for a number of UAE Navy ship classes.
Originally supplied by Elettronica for the six Baynunah corvettes, SEAL has subsequently been specified for the corvette Abu Dhabi and two Falaj 2 missile boats.
In addition, four more systems have been purchased for the modernisation of the UAE Navy’s two Mubarraz class missile craft patrol boats and two Murray Jip class missile corvettes. A further two systems have been supplied in shelter-based configuration for land applications or temporary ship-based installation.
The SEAL ESM incorporates both panoramic and superheterodyne receivers. The system is capable of performing radar threat alert, electronic surveillance and electronic intelligence (ELINT). For the UAE Air Force, Elettronica has played a key role in the modernisation and expansion of the Dassault Mirage 2000 fleet to Mirage 2000-9 standard.
Commencing in 1999, this involved the almost total replacement of the legacy EW suite with a new Integrated Multimission Electronic Warfare System (IMEWS). Elettronica, as prime contractor for IMEWS, worked in close co-operation with Thales for the delivery of the programme.
In total, 30 systems were supplied for the upgrade of existing Mirage 2000 aircraft, while a further 33 IMEWS suites were supplied to support the Mirage 2000-9 new-build programme.
Turning to land-based EW, Elettronica led – under the HODHOD programme – the modernisation of two shelter-based ELT/888 ELINT systems originally supplied to the UAE’s Directorate of Military Intelligence.
It also supplied a further four systems to the same improved ELT/888(V)2 standard.