Selex ES has signed a contract with US-based prime contractor Integrated Surveillance and Defense Inc. (ISD) to provide a SAGE 600 digital Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system for the Indonesian Air Force. The system will be delivered in September for integration onto a maritime patrol mission system for an Indonesian Air Force Airbus CN-235 aircraft.
The Indonesian Air Force has just one CN235-220 MPA in service at present, operated by 5 Squadron at Hassanuddin. The aircraft being prepared by ISD will be the second one for the Air Force. Under the contract with ISD, two more CN-235s will be configured as MPAs for the Indonesian Navy.
Selex ES announced the ESM deal on June 15, noting that this is the first time that its SAGE ESM has been selected for a fixed-wing maritime patrol requirement. SAGE is an electronic warfare system for RF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It passively collects emitter data from RF sources at a tactically significant range, compares them with an emitter library and then identifies and geo-locates any threats.
The system has been designed with flexibility in mind, allowing ease of integration onto a wide range of aerial vehicles – from fixed- to rotary-wing, up to unmanned aerial systems – and has previously flown on a number of other platform types including the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 remotely-piloted air system. SAGE is in use with the UK MoD and has been provided to the Republic of Korea as part of a package of electronic warfare equipment for the country’s Maritime Operational Helicopter (MOH) programme.
SAGE is part of Selex ES’s portfolio of advanced electronic warfare capabilities that range from individual sensors to fully integrated defensive aid suites, backed up by the company’s dedicated Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) facility. Alan Warnes