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1 TERMA UPDATE. JUNE 2009 SPECIAL 25 YEAR ISSUE update The Pioneers The Initiator: Peter Skorstensgaard The Facilitator: Kai Poulsen The Inventor: Bjarke Larsen The Scientist: Jim Titley In this update special issue: How it all started Faulty sequencer at Trial MACE/EMBOW 1981 sparks development of Digital Solid State Sequencer and lays foundation for Terma s position as a world wide supplier of Electronic Warfare Systems. Contributions The 4 Pioneers, by Ole Fogh RDAF requirement for a reliable sequencer, by Peter Skorstensgaard Joint development RDAF/TERMA, by Kai Poulsen The technical side, how the sequencer was created, by Bjarke Larsen The R&D side, analysis of test results, by Jim Titley Also in this issue Terma Airborne System s Depot Repair Center in Warner Robins enters third successful year / 8-9 Terma Electronics Manufacturing Services in leading International Programs / Enhanced Smart Triple Ejector Rack / 11 New EW Suite for Royal Netherlands Air Force CH-47F helicopters / New Electronic Warfare Competence Center in The Netherlands / 14 PIBU for C-130J / 15

2 Chaff/Flare Digital Sequencer Control and Integration by AN/ALQ-213(V) years of Electronic Warfare at Terma by Ole Fogh On the 15th of September 1984, Terma delivered its first order of Electronic Warfare Equipment, 28 Digital Solid State Sequencers to the Royal Danish Air Force after what can only be described as an incredible success story, where a small group of dedicated people through their enthusiasm, technical skills, foresight and determination to achieve results laid the foundation, that brought the Royal Danish Air Force in the lead internationally in the area of Electronic Warfare and that resulted in an Electronic Warfare business area that is now Terma s largest. In the following articles, each of the 4 key players gives his version of his role in the process. As can be expected, each one, out of modesty, tends to understate his own performance. Therefore this introduction from an outside observer, who, by the way, has known these four people for a good many years. The driving force was without any doubt Peter Skorstensgaard, called STE. For 20 years he was the RDAF EW project officer. He was totally dedicated to providing the best possible protection of aircraft and crew against enemy air defence systems. He was always in the front developing new tactics seeking out and testing new equipment. He had a NATO wide reputation as Mr. EW, he was consulted by the British during the Falklands war on the best chaff/flare setting. For a long period he held the chairmanship in NATO s Working Group on EW, SG2. He stated the operational 2 TERMA UPDATE. JUNE 2009

3 THE FOUR PIONEERS Three-Dimensional Audio Cueing Missile Warning for Fast Jets 2009 requirements for the sequencer, leaving no doubt as to exactly what he wanted, and he got it. Kai Poulsen had a way of making things possible. As the engineer responsible for EW in the Air Force, he had a unique understanding of operational requirements (a gift not entrusted with all engineers). He also had a gift for getting things moving. At this early stage he clearly saw that a joint Air Force/Industry program could lead to a success for both, and indeed it has. The Danish Air Force achieved international recognition as a lead EW nation plus considerable earnings in the form of royalties from joint development programs, and Terma has become a major player in the international EW market. Bjarke Larsen did the technical development of the Digital Sequencer. Some doubted that Denmark could handle such advanced technology. Even in the US they only had a halfway solid state sequencer. But Bjarke was quite unimpressed. Seemingly without much effort he had a sequencer ready in record time. Moreover, with only minor adjustments, it worked to perfection the first time. For this achievement he received the highest award yet given by the RDAF, a well deserved cheque of DKK 33,000. Bjarke has worked for Terma since 1983, for many years as chief EW systems engineer. He is now Terma s Vice President, Helicopter Systems. As luck would have it, the Danish Defence Research Establishment, DDRE had a highly qualified EW specialist Jim Titley. Had it not been for Jim, development of the sequencer might never have taken place. It was Jim that through his meticulous and tireless analyses found out that the cause of malfunction lay in the sequencer. It should be added that Jim Titley is an internationally recognized EW scientist. For a number of years he was in lead of the analysis team at trials MACE and also for some years he was a most respected chairman of the NATO EW group, SG2. It only remains to be said, each of these 4 pioneers deserves the greatest admiration for having created a success that casts light equally on Air Force and Industry, a success that has now lasted for 25 years and is still ongoing. TERMA UPDATE. JUNE

4 Peter Skorstensgaard The Author Major Peter Skorstensgaard, (STE) was trained as a fighter pilot in the US in During his career he obtained a total 5600 flying hours on several types of fighter and training aircraft. During a 20 year period, from 1975 to 1995 he was the RDAF Electronic Warfare project officer. In 1995 he joined the P. Udsen Aircraft Company as EW specialist, and subsequently Terma in He retired in RDAF requirement for a reliable sequencer RDAF introduces EW Self Protection Systems In the wake of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and the Vietnam war, the RDAF, like other NATO Air Forces, found it necessary to establish an Electronic Warfare Countermeasures capability to reduce losses to enemy air defence systems. The F-35 Draken was at the time the newest fighter in the RDAF (delivered in ) and therefore selected to be the first aircraft to be equipped with an EW suite. A decision had just been made to buy the F-16, and the plan was that testing on the F-35 Draken would provide experience before making a decision on the F-16 EW suite. The RDAF concept was to have a self-protection suite on each aircraft consisting of Radar Warning Receivers, a Chaff/Flare system and an active ECM/Jammer system. Testing on the F35 Draken The Draken was equipped with the ALR-45 Radar Warning Receiver and the Modular Flare and Chaff Dispenser (MFCD). These systems were tested in the NATO MACE trials, with valuable assistance from the Danish Defense Research Establishment (DDRE). The trials, among other results, unveiled an unacceptable failure rate which denied Radar Break-Lock. The cause was found by DDRE (Jim Titley) to be the old stepping type sequencer, which could not provide the fast dispense rate required. A US company, Tracor, had a half solid state sequencer, but it could not be released to foreign nations (Advanced US Technology). The RDAF then decided to develop a fully solid state sequencer for the F-35 and also later on for the F-16. An electronic technician at RDAF Station Karup (Bjarke Larsen) agreed to develop the sequencer to be ready for the next Mace trial one year later. This was a real success, the failure rate dropped to practically 0. The A-10 Thunderbolt also took part in the trial with the ALE-40. The A-10 failure rate with the Tracor sequencer was sky high with failure rates over 60%. Everyone was duly impressed with the Danish sequencer, but now the roles were reversed. On request from the US, the answer was: advanced technology, not releasable to foreign nations. Soon after, though, permission was given to inform other nations about the sequencer in NATO s EW group, SG 2. Sequencer Production Development Terma was contracted to develop the sequencer for the F-16 ALE 40 system with assistance from Bjarke Larsen, who had developed the F-35 version, and from DDRE. This initiated a very successful cooperation with Danish Industry. The Digital Solid State Sequencer, developed by Bjarke has now been sold to many nations and is used on Fighters, Transport Aircraft and Helicopters. Follow-on Developments The MACE trial series also unveiled that pilot workload in the cockpit was far too high and the control boxes were placed, where the pilot could not reach them quick enough or not at all. The dispense button placed on the cockpit rail could not be reached when pulling 5 G`s. Terma was then requested to develop an Electronic Warfare Management System (EWMS) and a stick positioned EW management switch. The EWMS later became the AN/ ALQ-213 and is now in use with many nations on various types of aircraft.like many other types of aircraft, the F-16 did not have enough chaff and flare cartridges on board for a full mission. The P. Udsen Aircraft Company, was therefore contracted to develop the Pylon Integrated Dispenser System (PIDS) with 3 more dispensers in each weapons pylon, and the Electronic Combat Integrated Pylon (ECIPS) to host an active jammer. Also the C-130 Hercules had been equipped with EW systems. RDAF as NATO s Electronic Warfare leader All of these systems were tested during subsequent MACE trials where the results were reported to all participating nations and created high interest from many nations especially because the RDAF F-35 Draken and C-130 Hercules were the first fighter and transport aircraft in NATO to be equipped with an Electronic Warfare suite. 4 TERMA UPDATE. JUNE 2009

5 KAI E. POULSEN The Author Kai E. Poulsen MSc, for many yeas in charge of airborne Electronic Warfare Systems at the Danish Air Material Command. His main responsibility, though, has been the F-16, where throughout the years has been responsible for the maintenance, upgrades and modernisation of the whole F-16 weapon system, which has earned him the name Mr. F-16. Although officially retired since 2006, Kai still works as a consultant for the Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organisation, DALO. Joint RDAF/Terma development EW concept for the RDAF The Royal Danish Air Force in the early 1980'es was formulating a new EW concept for protection of its Draken and F-16 fighter aircraft. The concept chosen ended up relying heavily on the relatively inexpensive chaff and flare dispenser systems, which, when utilized appropriately during NATO Mace and Embow trials had proved surprisingly effective against radar- and IR-guided weapon systems. However, these trials also clearly proved the vulnerability in case of even minor malfunctions to the chosen dispense patterns, equally troublesome for the efforts to counter radar and IR-guided threats. Dispenser system technology at the time regrettably could not prevent such malfunctions. The RDAF therefore decided to pursue insertion of intelligence into the dispenser systems through introduction of digital technology in the dispenser system sequenser switches. The aim was to monitor actual payload release and immediately react in case of dispenser misfires. The Royal Danish Air Force chose Bjarke Larsen as designer of an intelligent sequencer switch for the Draken Modular Chaff/Flare Dispenser System, which proved highly effective at the 1982 Mace Trials. The convincing results of these trials caused the Royal Danish Air Force to pursue introduction of digital sequencer technology on both the Draken and F-16 fighter aircraft. Making it happen My function in the process was primarily to actually make it happen. At the time, I had a dual job function as F-16 Program Coordinator and EW Program Manager at the Royal Danish Air Force Air Materiel Command and therefore had both budgetary and engineering responsibility for the desired dispenser system upgrade programs. The Draken sequencer, which was unique to Denmark, was qualified and built at our own workshops. However, the business base for the F-16 ALE-40 dispenser system was much wider and justified a different solution. Since Tracor Aerospace, the original manufacturer, had no interest in further investments in the ALE-40 system, it was obvious that the Royal Danish Air Force would need to provide the necessary funding for development of advanced dispenser system capability. RDAF and Terma join Forces Also, since our internal design and production capacity could have difficulty producing equipment acknowledged as military qualified by international ALE-40 users, I obtained principal approval by the Commander of the Danish Air Materiel Command, Major General Skjoeth, for initiating a cooperative development effort with Danish Industry. Together with Terma the Royal Danish Air Force therefore developed a business case where Terma, based on the Draken sequencer concept would design, build, qualify and market an advanced ALE-40 sequencer. The aim was to build a high quality product form-fit-function compatible with the ALE-40 system and with advanced functionalities not attainable by the former analogue sequencer technology. The Royal Danish Air Force through our participation in Embow and Mace trials would indirectly support the marketing process by thoroughly demonstrating the resultant dispenser system functional reliability. Bjarke Larsen loaned to Terma Bjarke Larsen was subsequently temporarily assigned to lead the Terma development process as evident to day, with success. Underway in the process, the Air Materiel Command and Terma teamed up with Goodyear Aerospace to compete for the US ALE-47 program, later won by Tracor Aerospace. However, the participation in this competition and extreme F-111 environmental requirements resulted in further expansion to the Danish sequencer switch functionalities and additional sturdiness. These characteristics proved very handy later, as the Royal Danish Air Force and Terma continued their cooperation through development of the EW Management System, which by the US Air Force was given the nomenclature AN/ALQ-213(V) and which is now utilized on a number of aircraft. TERMA UPDATE. JUNE

6 Bjarke L. Larsen The Author Bjarke L. Larsen started at Terma 25 years ago introducing the first design of a fully digiized sequencer switch for the ALE-40 Chaff/Flare Dispensing System, and thus became the EW pioneer at Terma. Over the years Bjarke Larsen has been behind ideas and concepts of many of Terma s Electronic Warfare products. In the late 80 es he was leading systems engineer on Terma s biggest EW success to date, the AN/ALQ-213 EW Management System. He is now Vice President for Helicopter systems. The Technical side, how the Sequencer was created Before Joining Terma Actually my career in EW started a few years before my employment with Terma. A very eager Electronic Warfare Officer and pilot in the RDAF, Major Skorstengaard, asked if I could take a critical look at his F-35 Draken Modular Flare/Chaff Dispenser (MFCD). I participated in the NATO Trials Mace and Embow to study and analyze systems performance. Quickly it became evident that the system did not perform its mission. Payloads failed to fire and eject from the aircraft and payloads couldn t be fired as quickly as needed to defeat hostile weapon systems. The cause was found to be the sequencer switch connected with the dispensing system. The design was based on electromechanical stepping switches to control and route firing signals to chaff and flare cartridges. The switch was sensitive to almost any environmental condition such as temperature extremes, harsh vibration levels and corrosion resulting from flying near sea water. From the engineering school I had attained knowledge about the, at the time, revolutionary embedded microcontroller technology, and I found this technology to be the solution for digitization of the sequencer switch. Major Skorstengaard, dedicated and forceful, pushed for a solution, and found funding to realize the first prototype for the Draken. The prototype flew nearly a year later and fulfilled all of its objectives. Kai Poulsen sees wider Opportunities Not long after, Kai Poulsen from the RDAF Air Material Command saw the need to improve the similar chaff/flare system on the new Danish F-16s, and he saw the potential in a much broader perspective. With the support from Gen. Skjoeth, Commander of the Air Material Command, Kai Poulsen made contact with Terma in 1983 (Terma was at the time already involved in electronic co-production for the multi-national F-16 program) to ask if we were interested in a cooperative development. I was then transferred from the Air Force to Terma Lystrup where a lab was set up and with production support the first digital sequencer switches for the ALE-40 made its first flight on a Danish F-16 in The aim was fulfilled, a high-quality form-fit-function unit compatible with the widely used ALE-40 system. It provided advanced functionalities over and beyond what the former analogue technology could provide. These events in the very early days eventually led Terma into the era of Defensive Electronic Warfare. After Joining Terma Shortly after that, the US Air Force decided to develop a new generation chaff/flare dispenser system with the ALE-47 nomenclature. The RDAF and Terma teamed up with Goodyear Aerospace to compete for the US program that was later won by Tracor Aerospace Inc. For Terma this was actually fortunate, because the participation in phase 1 of this program and the persistent requirement in Denmark to improve the defensive EW on almost all inventory aircraft founded the knowledge and the experience that eventually enabled Terma to develop the ALQ-213 EW Management System. After 25 Years It has been a pleasure working for Terma all those years, watching the EW team grow to now nearly 200 engineers and other specialists, and it has been very satisfying to be able to contribute to the many EW improvement programs on Danish fighters, transport aircraft and helicopters and not least to have been able to support operations during international crises. Summing up, it is very gratifying to note, that 25 years of continuous development and progress has brought Terma into the league of internationally recognized Electronic Warfare companies. 6 TERMA UPDATE. JUNE 2009

7 JIM TITLEY The Author Jim Titley was born in the UK, initially employed by Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Ltd. and later by British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), where he worked on operations research models of air defence systems. Received the post-graduate diploma (Dip.RMCS) at the Royal Military College of Science. Emigrated to Denmark with his Danish wife and 2 children in the early 70s. Started at Danish Defence Research Establishment, DDRE in August 1974 having had neither an interview nor a prior meeting. His reputation must have been impressive! After a long and distinguished career with DDRE, Jim retired in The R&D side, analysis of test results The early years and a diplomatic crisis In 1976 I started the new EW DDRE, initially tasked to study countermeasures to anti-ship missiles; however the section rapidly became almost solely involved with the RDAF s use of EW to protect its aircraft. The exercise Tactical Fighter Weaponry, TFW in 1979 required the use of a lot of chaff. TACDEN s expert major Peter Skorstensgaard (STE) had heard of DDRE s work on naval chaff and therefore concluded that I could read the manual overnight and make the program for the Draken s A38DK Bulk Chaff system for the following day!! It worked all aircraft escaped attack however the mass of chaff rose in the warm late summer air, transited Jutland and fell on a Swedish airfield late in the evening but in time for diplomatic complaints to be made, and STE and I to be on the General s carpet. This, if anything, convinced TACDEN that their initial assumptions were correct and that I really did understand everything about chaff and I became a permanent member of the TACDEN EW working group. Intense studies and experiments followed, that established: the functionality of the Draken Chaff & Flare Dispensing system, its limitations and the absolute dependence of system effectiveness on the temporal and geometric relationship of chaff to its parent aircraft. They also raised the question of reliable dispensing. Trial MACE in 1981, faulty sequencer revealed These studies resulted in proposals which were tested at the NATO trial called MACE II in 1981, where DDRE recorded the dispense result of every chaff cartridge (Forget XLS, we didn t have computers in those days!), for every aircraft sortie. The subsequent tables indicated the firing pattern of the dispensed cartridges within a specific program for each specific aircraft sortie. The statistics extracted from this data were clear: - the so called sequencer was the cause of all failures. (Imagine a clock slowly ticking round and using the regularity to initiate actions. If the clock misses some ticks then actions are not sequenced as programmed) The conclusion was that the analogue (ticking watch) sequencer should be replaced by a digital one. The RDAF s expert back room boy in these matters, Bjarke Larsen quickly responded to the challenge, and in the next MACE trial a prototype digital sequencer was employed with almost 100% effectiveness. The few failures were due to poor contacts in the system and not due to the sequencer at all. DDRE suggested a miss-fire correction routine which completely solved the problem and this became a major feature of the sequencer and its successors. F-35 Draken Test bed at Trial MACE in 1981, when the faulty sequencer was revealed, and again a year later when Bjarke Larsen's digital sequencer was succesfully testet. TERMA UPDATE. JUNE

8 ASY Repair Center, Warner Robins, Dwayne Cotton at work GETS II Depot Tester at ASY Warner Robins, GA Facility Terma Airborne Systems Anchored in US Market Terma Airborne System s Depot Repair Center in Warner Robins, Georgia nears its third year of operation Dwayne Cotton, Repair Center Manager, notes that the repair of AN/ ALQ-213 prime mission equipment items is now routine. Since the establishment of an AN/ALQ-213 repair in November 2006, the US based Airborne Systems team has steadily grown a viable business by turning units per month translating to $3-4M US annually. Turnaround time for critically needed AN/ALQ-213 Countermeasure Signal Processors (CMSP) has been reduced from 70 to an average of 14 days. The facility operating under an ISO certification is expected to be CMMI Level II certified by the end of calendar year Terma North America s IPT members receive award at Dixie crow Symposium According to Mr. Cotton, the US Air Force customer is very pleased with Terma s support to the US war fighter. Repair backlogs have been reduced by 40% in an environment of increased monthly demand rates. The Air Force recently recognized Mr. Cotton, Hardware Specialist, Freddie Taylor and Senior Program Manager Lisa Frugé for the Company s accomplishments at an awards ceremony during the Dixie Crow Symposium. Terma s US based team recognizes that such accomplishment would not be possible without the commitment and responsive support of the ASY ILS Business Unit in Lystrup, as a steady flow of parts is required to affect the repairs. The Repair Center continues to progress by expanding its capability to include the repair of Countermeasure Set Controller (CMSC) in the first quarter of It is anticipated that the Tactical Data Unit (TDU) will follow thereafter. 8 TERMA UPDATE. JUNE 2009

9 Warner Robins Support to Lockheed Martin in Greenville and Fort Worth The US based ASY team provides repair and block cycle software support for over 900 US and FMS F-16 and A-10 front line combat aircraft. Additionally the team supports Lockheed Martin operations in Greenville and Fort Worth by managing the repair and update of F-16 Electronic Warfare Displays (EWD) for two non US customers. The majority of the work, however, is performed for the US Government under an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiyear Repair Contract awarded to Terma North America Airborne Systems (ASY) last spring. This five year contract has a $30M US ceiling and includes provisions for the modernization and establishment of a stand-alone SRU production capability in Lystrup. Terma s US based team continues to look forward with a positive outlook as the US based business expands. New requirements on the horizon include E-737 and CH-47F customers as well as the US Army. Threat Display testing at ASY Lystrup TERMA UPDATE. JUNE

10 Terma Electronics Manufacturing Services in Leading International Programs With participation in programs such as Galileo and Joint Strike Fighter, Terma has proved its ability to cope with challenges at the highest technological levels. Terma has a tradition of many years of participating in international programs, notably the F-16, the Viggen, the AWACS and the SeaSparrow programs. With the added competencies from electronic warfare systems, power supplies, star trackers and x-band radar technology, Terma has a solid background for taking on even more challenging and sophisticated tasks within programs such as Galileo and Joint Strike Fighter. The Galileo Program Galileo is the European Global Positioning System, intended to match and even surpass the US and Russian GPS systems. The aim is to have a European system under civilian control, with greater accuracy and with better coverage of the European area than the US system can offer. Galileo is a joint European Union/ European Space Agency (EU/ESA) project. The total cost is estimated to be well over EUR 3 billion and the system is expected to be ready for operational use by Initially, Terma is to deliver power supplies to the satellites an area where Terma has vast experience from previous satellite programs. However, in order to meet the even more stringent quality requirements for the Galileo project, it has been necessary to establish new state-of-the-art facilities, including an upgraded clean room environment and increased surface mounted devices assembly capacity and capability. Customer Terma As shown in this illustration, Terma s Electronics Manufacturing Services, EMS, focuses on products where formally documented quality assurance, program management and maturing of the product design are essential elements of the finished product. TDP Parts Lists Drawings Schematics Specifications Configuration Management Registering of the TDP Assigning Customer Code Control of Documentation On-line Revision Control Production Engineering Test Set-Up Process Flow Routings Work Instructions Planning Generation of Parts Lists TERMA MRP System Production Plans Purchasing Manufacturing Quality Assurance 10 TERMA UPDATE. JUNE 2009

11 EMS ESTER The Joint Strike Fighter Program It is still undecided which aircraft type will replace the F-16 for the Royal Danish Air Force. Even so, Denmark as a nation and Danish Industry, including Terma, are taking part in the development and initial production of this aircraft. Terma has developed and produced structural parts for the Joint Strike Fighter for quite some time, and this has now been expanded to also comprise electronic components such as modules for the radar, advanced wiring harnesses and power supplies for the flaps and rudder actuators. Enhanced Smart Triple Ejector Rack RDAF F-16 equipped with Enhanced Smart Triple Ejector Rack, enabling it to carry up to three weapons under each pylon. The Joint Strike Fighter and Galileo programs have made it possible for Terma to invest significantly in advanced electronics manufacturing processes, including advanced machinery, manufacturing technologies and IT support systems. These investments combined with the increased level of activity will result in a significant expansion of capacity and competencies. All in all, this technological upgrade makes Terma well prepared for the future, for the benefit of the customers of Terma s Electronics Manufacturing Services. One multi-carriage rack for the weapons of yesterday, today, and tomorrow The Enhanced Smart Triple Ejector Rack, ESTER, jointly developed by Terma and EDO, constitutes a unique carrier for legacy Mk-82/-83 iron bombs, current J-class weapons including GBU-49 and JDAM, and next generation stores, such as the Small Diameter Bombs. The basic requirement from the F-16 MLU community was a multiple carriage of J-class weapons using aircraft BRU-57 software. The Terma/ EDO team decided to expand the capability of the ESTER beyond these basic requirements, and by applying their combined capabilities, the TER-9/ A, above and beyond the BRU-57, has been developed. The rack has only one hardware configuration which supports all three operation modes. These modes include: TER-9/A mode where the ESTER will operate identically to a TER-9/A carrying MK-82/ and 100 lbs iron bombs. The aircraft interface is identical to TER-9/A, and the operator will not experience any changes from a TER-9/A BRU-57 mode where the ESTER will interface with the aircraft as a BRU-57. The aircraft only needs BRU-57 software which will support carriage of two or three J-class bombs, such as JDAM and GBU-49 ESTER mode where all the capabilities are utilized. The rack will carry up to three J-class weapons or Small Diameter Bombs, SDB, in class I or class II Universal Armament Interface as well as Launch Acceptability Region, LAR, calculations. For improved performance and reliability, the team has selected the Field Replaceable Connector System, FRCS, to replace the standard MIL type bomb interface connector on the J- and SDB-class bombs. The team has secured contracts with two customers for provision of hardware and services, and the first lot of prototypes has been delivered. Ground tests and initial flight tests were conducted successfully during the summer of TERMA UPDATE. JUNE

12 New Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment for the Royal Netherlands Air Force CH-47F Chinook Helicopters Building on the experience from the AMASE program for the Dutch Apache helicopters, Terma and the Royal Netherlands Air Force have developed a similar solution for the new Chinook, CH-47F, soon to be delivered to the RNLAF. The system has been labeled CHASE for Chinook Aircraft Survivability Equipment. The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation, DMO, and Terma jointly decided on a pod solution for installation and integration of DIRCM, Directional Infrared Countermeasures, with a laser beam to divert attacking missiles. The DIRCM system is manufactured by Northrop Grumman. Initial flight tests were carried out in July 2007, and final delivery will take place as an integrated part of Boeing s delivery of the new helicopters during 2008 and onwards. The illustration on the opposite page shows the initial mechanical integration of the CHASE pod on the CH-47D. It gives a good impression of the final pod solution. Full 360 deg spherical coverage 12 TERMA UPDATE. JUNE 2009

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