Raytheon has signed a $242 million contract with the Hellenic Ministry of National Defence to produce the ‘Advanced Self-Protection Integrated Suite’ of electronic warfare equipment for the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) Block 52 F-16 aircraft fleet.
The program, dubbed ‘ASPIS II,’ is a new, enhanced version of the original ASPIS system delivered in the late 1990s for the HAF Block 30/50 F-16s and represents one of the largest contracts for electronic warfare systems in the history of Raytheon.
The ASPIS II contract calls for a total of 60 complete integrated electronic warfare suites, consisting of the ALR-93(V) threat warning system, ALQ-187 jammer, and ALE-47 chaff/flare dispenser. The contract is expected to take effect in early summer, 2003. Each of the new suites is said to incorporate advanced signal processing including a digital radio frequency (RF) memory capability.
‘ASPIS II provides exceptional value for the money,’ said Tom Burgher, Raytheon Advanced Countermeasures director, ‘because it protects the entire Hellenic Air Force fleet of new and earlier F-16 aircraft with the same modern integrated Electronic Warfare capabilities.’
In addition to the 60 new F-16 Block 52 ASPIS II suites, the contract calls for another 29 ALQ-187 jammers to equip existing HAF Block 30/50 F-16 aircraft, as well as an upgrade program to enhance current ASPIS jammers with digital RF memory capability.
Upon completion of the contract, including capabilities provided as offset benefits, the entire fleet of HAF F-16 aircraft will be equipped with ASPIS II capabilities.