The Airbus Helicopter NH-90 helicopter has been conceived primarily to perform, in all-weather conditions, anti-ship and anti-submarine missions. Additional roles include anti-air warfare support, vertical replenishment (VERTREP), search and rescue (SAR) and troop transport. The system supplied by Elettronica belongs to the ALR-733, a family of ESM systems designed to provide automatic surveillance, ELINT-type signal analysis and data-collection for post-mission analysis. The ALR-733 family fulfils the operational requirements of different types of missions; it equips rotating and fixed wing platforms for maritime patrol applications as well as AEW&C missions.
In the field of Maritime Patrolling, Elettronica provides the ELT/800 system for the MPA of the Italia MoD based on the ATR72 platform. The ELT/800 represents an innovative approach to EW equipment development for fixed and rotary wing applications and provides a superior product based on a Wide Open and SH Digital Receiver architecture through a unique system design and advanced technologies. The system allows Tactical Surveillance (ESM function) and highly accurate data processing for intelligence analysis purposes (ELINT function). ELINT systems are becoming a vital asset for the successful outcome of complex military operations providing an intelligence gathering capability over a wide electromagnetic signal domain, to identify emitters, ensure coverage of areas of interest and locate emitters. The modular design approach allows optimum configuration adaptation to individual aircraft and helo classes. The ELT/800 was also selected for the Bombardier Q300 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with specific reconnaissance and border surveillance tasks of a country’s coastal areas and littoral waters.
The future of maritime surveillance moves towards a more intensive use of unmanned platform as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV - also commonly known as drones). Elettronica is already developing a family of products for tactical UAV versions that will enable these platforms to perform surveillance and interception of the emissions present in the EM environment. In particular, Elettronica’s design approach focuses on ensuring a full EW capability, not only in terms of sensors and suite, but also concerning all the related tools to meet the operational requirements, including EW Command & Control, cyber defence, high operational availability, and sustainable life-cycle costs.