Thursday, December 10, 2009

HAF Main Fighters Still Without Self Protection Suite


In a small article today Strategy-Geopolitics reminds us that the some of the most important fighters in the Hellenic Air Force inventory are still flying without self protection suites. The fighters in question are the 58 F-16 Block52+ for which the ASPIS II system was selected ten years ago. The Minister of Defence said in parliament that there are ongoing negotiations between the Greek side and the supplier (Raytheon).

During acceptance tests conducted in 2008 the Air Force found out that one of the criteria for the system was not met, which was the system’s ability to detect continuous wave radar illumination. Continuous wave illumination is used for the guidance of semi-active missiles. Systems in the Turkish inventory that use this method of guidance are the 8 MIM-23 Hawk PIP III surface to air batteries, the F-4E Phantoms and 16 Turkish Navy frigates.

The Advanced Self-Protection Integrated Suite (ASPIS) consists of the ALR-93 radar warning receiver, the ALQ-187 jammer and the ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser.

Hellenic Defence News note: According to information publically available the latest batch of F-16 Block52+ Advanced which is currently being delivered already has the ASPIS II system installed, despite the fact that the Hellenic Air Force has not yet officially accepted the system.

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