An industry team led by Leonardo is to provide NATO with a new capability to evaluate the performance of soft-kill countermeasures used to defend ships against radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles.
The new system - to be known as the NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defensive Evaluation Facility (NASMDEF) - will form part of a wider electronic warfare (EW) equipment package being procured for NATO's Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS). NASMDEF will take the form of 'smart' airborne pods able to emulate real-world anti-ship missiles to a fidelity that enables the operational test and evaluation of ship countermeasures. The system is required to perform real-time monitoring of the countermeasures effect plus a data recording capability to enable subsequent detailed analysis.
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