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IAI to provide airborne EW jammer pods to an Asian air force

IAI has developed Scorpius-SP based on the configuration of its ELL-8222 pod (pictured above). (Janes/Patrick Allen)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract to provide their Scorpius-SP airborne electronic warfare (EW) self-protection jammer pods to an undisclosed country in Asia.

The “multimillion-dollar deal” has been finalised to enhance the capabilities of the concerned country's air force, IAI said in a media release on 21 May.

IAI had not responded to Janes request for more information regarding the Asia-based customer at the time of publication.

According to Janes C4ISR & Mission Systems: Air , Scorpius-SP – also known as ELL-8222SB – is based on active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology. The AESA technology, with its narrowly focused high-power directional beams, provides high sensitivity for target detection.

The jammer pod utilises electronically steered jamming technology together with digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) and a range of electronic countermeasure (ECM) techniques to enable protection against various threats.

According to IAI, Scorpius-SP can simultaneously detect and suppress all types of air-to-air and surface-to-air threats in different directions around the aircraft.

The pod “is similar in contour to A/A [air-to-air] missiles and may be installed on outer wing stations of fighters and other aircraft”, IAI said in the release.

The system “enhances aircraft survivability” given its ability to detect “advanced threats” such as low probability of intercept (LPI) radars, the company added.

Janes data shows that in the Asia-Pacific, IAI's ELL-8222 – based on which the Scorpius-SP has been developed – is used by the air forces of Australia, India, and Singapore.

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