On 11 February Elbit Systems announced that the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has selected the company to support the preliminary design of airborne electronic warfare (EW) self-protection systems for German CH 53 GS/GE transport helicopters, as part of the platform upgrade programme led by Airbus Helicopters. Mature and combat-proven, the EW systems to be provided include the company’s unified, digital radar warning receivers (RWR) and EW controllers (EWC).

Elbit Systems’ digital RWR and EWC rapidly detect and accurately locate a wide range of hostile threats, even in a dense EW environment, enabling reliable and timely warning for the aircrew. They feature complete and independent threat programmability, enabling seamless updates of emitter libraries as well as flight data recording for pilot debriefing and training. Their low size, weight and power, as well as low life-cycle costs, further increase the operational effectiveness and system efficiency.

Germany’s fleet of 72 CH-53GS/GE heavy utility helicopters will receive Elbit Systems’ EW suites. (Photo via Wikimedia)

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