Tenix Signs Phase 2 EW Contract
(Source : Tenix Defence Systems ; issued Feb. 22, 2001)

Leading EW technology development in Australia, Tenix Defence Systems, Systems Division recently signed the contract for Phase 2 of Task 1--RF Photonic Links under the joint Australia-United States Project Arrangement 10 for the development of advanced tactical aircraft EW self protection technologies.

Under the contract for Phase 1 of Task 1, Tenix successfully demonstrated both 20 GHz and 40 GHz prototype RF Photonic links. Phase 2 will see pre-production RF Photonic links developed and integrated into the ITT Suite of Integrated RF Countermeasures (SIRFC) system.

The SIRFC system has been procured by Defence under PA10 and is to be delivered to the DSTO Electronic Warfare Division in October 2001.

Ian Will, the Tenix PA10 Program Manager, said that the RF Photonic Link technology has the potential to revolutionise EW systems such as the radar warning function of the SIRFC system.

The links will significantly reduce system weight and cost while providing the ability to transmit very wide band RF signals over long distances with very low losses.

The photonics technology has application to a wide range of aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles as well as significant application in the maritime and land environments.

Under Task 1 Phase 2 of PA10, Tenix in conjunction with ITT will demonstrate the RF Photonic Links fitted to a SIRFC system in the second half of 2001.

The US Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) and the DSTO's EW Division, the joint PA10 research agencies, were strongly supporting the interaction between Tenix and ITT.

Mr Will said Tenix had recently started to examine the application of the RF Photonic technology to a number of ADF EW systems and platforms. (ends)

Three UV Stimulators Ordered
(Source : Tenix Defence Systems ; issued Feb. 22, 2001)

Ian Will, Manager Electro-optic EW Systems, Tenix Defence Systems, Systems Division today announced an order for three Mallina long range, Ultra-Violet stimulators for foreign customers.

The Mallina stimulator simulates the UV signature of surface-to-air missiles and can stimulate aircraft UV Missile Warning Systems out to 6 kms. Tenix also has laser based and two-colour Infra-Red stimulators under development which will complement the existing long range UV stimulator.

These new products are being developed and marketed in conjunction with Tenix's teaming partner, Elettronica Systems Limited, United Kingdom. Jointly, the two companies are building a robust business in long range stimulation devices for missile warning, laser warning and directed IR countermeasure systems, and expect significant orders in the next 12 months, particularly from the United States.

Tenix also recently signed the contract for Phase 2 of Task 7 ­ EO Stimulation under the joint Australia-United States Project Arrangement 10.

Following on from the Phase1 contract, this contract will see Tenix supply a laser threat simulator and provide support facilities for the Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) and Advanced Threat Infra-Red Countermeasure (ATIRCM).

Work will also continue in electro-optic atmospheric propagation modelling in conjunction with the Centre for Electro-Optic Propagation Studies (CEOPS) located at the University of WA. (ends)

Milestone for AIR 5391
(Source : Tenix Defence Systems ; issued Feb. 22, 2001)

The Systems Division of Tenix Defence Systems has successfully completed Critical Design Review for the Elta EL/L-8222 ECM pod Software Support Facility being acquired under Air 5391 Phase 6. The facility is being developed at Tenix's Mawson Lakes, South Australia facility and is to be delivered to the RAAF's Electronic Warfare Squadron in June 2001.

Phil Prosser, Tenix's Project Manager, said that the project has progressed on schedule and budget and the facility will provide the RAAF with the capability to program the EL/L-8222 threat and ECM techniques libraries, and evaluate the libraries.

To support the pod in-country, two Systems Division staff will return to Australia in April following nine months at ELTA Electronics Industries.

They are learning the intricacies of the pod and working on the Pre-flight Message Generator, the software program to allow EW Squadron staff to reprogram the pod, and the EW Analysis Station used as the ECM technique evaluation tool.

Mr Prosser said that one of the staff would spend 12 months as Field Service Representative at EW Squadron, providing expertise to Squadron staff on the pod and the PFMG after delivery of the Software Support Facility.

Elta Electronics Industries, Ashdod, Israel is prime contractor for project Air 5391 Phase 6.

Elta recently passed an important milestone by successfully integrating the pod with the Terma AN/ALQ-213 EW Management System.


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