Elettronica: Italian Electronic Warfare Specialist
(Source: Elettronica; issued June 15, 2007)
Elettronica's high performance solid state self-protection systems have been at the heart of platform defense on every recent generation of important European combat aircraft - including the Tornado, Mirage and AMX fighters as well as the forthcoming EFA (European Fighter Aircraft), where the EFA-DASS (Defensive Aids Sub-System) will be largely supplied by the company.

In a recent move that indicates just how clearly Elettronica self-protection has become a "must-have" for advanced combat aircraft, the Russian Aircraft Corporation-MiG as well has announced that the Rome-based company's ultra-high performance ELT/568(V)2 self-protection jammer will equip the new MiG-35 craft on offer to the Indian Air Force as part of that country's MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) tender.

But if protecting high-end fixed-wing combat platforms - fighters and special purpose aircraft - is an area of particular expertise for the company and accounts for over half of its over-all revenues, Elettronica is seeing strong growth as well in the area of military helicopters. Elettronica ESM systems are mounted on the NH-90 naval anti-submarine and surveillance helicopters operated by the French, Italian, Dutch and German navies as well as Italy's EH-101.

The company's RWR integrated self-protection systems are mounted on a full range of helicopters in service with the Italian Army and Navy. These include the CH-47C, the AB-205, 212, and 412 as well as the SH-3D.

More recently, the system has become the keystone of operational defense for the A-129 "Mangusta" attack helicopter. As the T-129, this model has recently been selected for service with Turkish Armed Forces.

Elettronica is at stand "I 19" of the Italian pavilion in Hall 1.

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