C4iSR: Air

MILEX 2017: BSVT unveils new airborne active jamming system

23 May 2017

Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has developed an active jamming pod for use on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

Veresk active jamming pod shown at MILEX 2017. (IHS Markit/James Bingham)Veresk active jamming pod shown at MILEX 2017. (IHS Markit/James Bingham)

The system - which was displayed at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk - is claimed to be capable of creating false targets, delaying detection, disrupting radar lock-on, and assisting lock break using single and multiple active jamming countermeasures.

The Veresk ('Heather') jammer is designed to counter hostile weapon control radars and radio frequency (RF) seekers mounted on anti-aircraft missiles. The system comprises two 80 kg pods fitted with one on either side of the aircraft; these can be mounted to standard Russian-origin weapon rails, directly above weapons that can be released from underneath the pod. Additionally a cockpit control system and control apparatus are used to link the two pods.

The pod has an internal threat library to compare received signals against; this is capable of expansion through software upgrades. These include aircraft and air-defence systems. The former include Western and Eastern aircraft types, including the Eurofighter, F-22, Mirage-2000 from the former, and the MiG-29, MiG-31, Su-27, and Su-30 from the latter. Additionally, a range of air-to-air missiles (AAM) can also be jammed, including the AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-7 Sparrow, MICA EM, Meteor, R-27, R-33, R-37, R-77, and RVV-AE.

Additionally, the pod can jam the radar systems of surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. These include the 2K22 Tunguska, 9K37 Buk, 9K330 Tor, Patriot, S-300B, and S-300P. Furthermore, the RF seeker-based missiles of these and various other systems can be jammed, including the MM-104 of the Patriot, the 9M82/3 of the S-300B, and the 5B55 of the S-300P.

The jamming pod operates in the G, H, I, and J bands, with a maximum transmitter power of 40 dBm and a receiver sensitivity of between -65 and -55 dBm. Jamming sectors are 45° in azimuth and 30° in elevation in front and behind the aircraft.

Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options:

(331 of 437 words)