Israel Navy's Sa'ar 5-class corvette

The Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) has awarded a contract to Telephonics, a subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, to deliver the company’s AN/UPX-44A Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Interrogator.

Under the $5.4m contract, Telephonics will supply the AN/UPX-44A system and also provide integration and sustainment support for installation onboard the Israeli Navy vessels.

Intended to deliver unmatched surveillance capability in real-time, the system will be deployed by the navy as a command and control battle management system.

The IFF system has been designed to provide situational awareness of friendly, neutral and hostile activity, command and control of an area of responsibility, operations management, all-weather surveillance of the battle space, and early warning of adversary actions during missions.

In addition to providing timely and accurate display of civil and military air traffic for users, the AN/UPX-44A interrogator uses advanced combat identification techniques to offer cooperative engagement capabilities.

"The AN/UPX-44A interrogator uses advanced combat identification techniques to offer cooperative engagement capabilities."

Telephonics’ IFF Interrogators All-Mode line of products includes the AN/UPX-40, AN/UPX-43(V) AN/UPX-505(V) and AN/UPX-44, with all currently operational onboard various platforms.

The platforms include the US Navy’s Sikorsky MH-60R maritime helicopter, as well as the Boeing-designed P-8A Poseidon multi-mission aircraft and E-3 advanced warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft fleet.

Telephonics IFF interrogators have achieved the US Department of Defense (DoD) Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems (AIMS) certification in all modes, which include MARK XII, Mode 5, Mode S, and Multi-channel ADS-B.

Featuring common modular design approach, the IFF family of products are also deployed aboard the Canadian Navy’s Lockheed Martin-developed CP-140 Aurora, Saint John Shipbuilding-built Halifax-class frigates, Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter, and the US Marine Corps ground/air task-oriented radar (G/ATOR) system.

Image: Israel Navy’s Sa’ar 5-class corvette conducting missions at sea. Photo: file image.

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