Selex to provide electronic warfare system for Brazilian Navy’s Lynx helicopters

6 September 2015 (Last Updated September 6th, 2015 18:30)

Finmeccanica's Selex has secured an order to deliver a suite of electronic warfare equipment for eight Lynx Mk21A aircraft used by the Brazilian Navy.

Lynx Mk21A

Finmeccanica's Selex has secured an order to deliver a suite of electronic warfare equipment for eight Lynx Mk21A aircraft used by the Brazilian Navy.

Under this contract, which was received from prime contractor AgustaWestland, Selex will be responsible for the supply of Sage electronic support measure (ESM), in addition to its defensive aid suite (DAS) controller, and a third-party countermeasure dispensing system.

Selex's electronic warfare system, Sage, is designed for RF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The system is capable of collecting emitter data from RF sources at a tactically significant range and compares them with an emitter library to identify and geolocate any threats.

It will offer a wideband radar warning capability that is primarily developed for platform protection, while the DAS controller will use this to cue countermeasures.

"Selex's electronic warfare system, Sage, is designed for RF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions."

According to the company, the combination of its solutions will offer the Brazilian Navy's Lynx Mk21As with a flexible and extremely affordable defensive capability.

Selex will provide the system after incorporating it with electronic warfare operational support (EWOS) tools for mission data programming and replay.

This will enable the Brazilian Navy to achieve the ability to independently update the system to recognise new threats as they arrive in theatre.

Selex has already delivered this solution for the Republic of Korea's maritime operational helicopter (MOH) programme, the Indonesian Air Force's CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft and the UK Ministry of Defence.


Image: The new solution will offer the Brazilian Navy's Lynx Mk21As with a flexible and extremely affordable defensive capability. Photo: courtesy of Selex ES SpA.