Elbit Systems has announced that it has been selected by Germany to support the preliminary design of Airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) self-protection systems for the nations CH‑53 GS/GE transport helicopters, as part of the platform upgrade program led by Airbus Helicopters.

EW systems to be provided include Elbit Systems’ unified, digital Radar Warning Receivers (RWR) and EW Controllers (EWC).

According to the firm in a press release:

“Elbit Systems’ digital RWR and EWC rapidly detect and accurately locate a wide range of impinging enemy threats, even in a dense EW environment, enabling reliable and timely warning to the aircrew.

The digital RWR and EWC feature complete and independent threat programmability enabling seamless update of emitter libraries as well as flight data recording for pilot debriefing and training. Their low size, weight and power, as well as low life cycle costs, further increase the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the systems.”

This is part of a wider modernisation programme being led by Airbus Helicopters. BAAINBw aims to extend the operational life of the helicopter fleet until 2030 and beyond.

The CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter (in various forms) is also used by the US, Israel and Japan.

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