ITT Exelis has successfully installed and tested a pod-mounted, advanced self-defense electronic warfare system on F-16 aircraft operated by an international customer.

The Airborne Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System, or AIDEWS (ALQ-211), completed several F-16 sorties and was tested against a wide variety of RF (radio frequency) threats. While this testing verified the effectiveness of the pod-mounted version, the system can be internally integrated as well. Either configuration offers next-generation integrated radar warning and electronic countermeasures capability with greatly reduced integration cost.

“This most recent exercise continues AIDEWS’ long track record of delivery and performance success,” said Rich Sorelle, vice president and general manager of Exelis Electronic Systems’ integrated electronic warfare systems business area. “Since AIDEWS is based on modular, scalable EW technology and has a large installed base, allied forces will have lower maintenance and upgrade costs.”

AIDEWS is built upon the proven ALQ-211 family of electronic warfare systems that support a broad range of U.S. and allied defense customers on rotary-wing and fighter aircraft. These include versions of the NH-90, V-22, MH-47, MH-60, F-16 and several commercial platforms. AIDEWS provides fighter pilots with situational awareness and protection against radar-based threats, including modern surface-to-air and air-to-air weapon systems.

The system is currently in full production with more than 180 under contract for six international customers. To date, 140 systems have been delivered, including continuous software support through regular system updates. These updates allow AIDEWS operators to optimize operational self-protection capabilities in an evolving environment throughout the aircraft life.

ITT Exelis Electronic Systems division provides innovative integrated solutions for the global defense, intelligence, information assurance and commercial aerospace sectors. As a leader in electronic warfare and communications, we leverage our experience and innovation to ensure the success of our customers’ critical missions. Our technology leadership extends into the areas of airborne electronic attack, networked and satellite communications, counter-improvised explosive devices, airspace management, surveillance systems, airborne and shipboard radar, acoustic sensors, advanced composite structures and electronic weapons interfaces.

ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 21,000 people and generated 2010 revenue of $5.9 billion.