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Elbit Systems unveils new electronic warfare capability to counter drone threats at Paris Airshow


Elbit Systems is unveiling a new and unique Electronic Warfare (EW) capability at the Paris Airshow as part of its Unified EW suite. The new capability is provided via the digital Radar Warning Receivers (RWR), one part of Elbit's proven Airborne self-protection EW suite, and enables drone detection and identification as well as locating Personal Location Beacon (PLB) of ground forces and pilots.

Elbit's EW suite, operational on hundreds of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft, comprises of EW Controller, Digital Radar Warning Receiver, IR Missile Warning System (MWS), Laser Warning Systems (LWS), Counter Measure Dispenser System (CMDS), DIRCM and Electronic Counter Measure Jammer, operating individually or in concert; to provide maximum platform protection and aircrew survivability against advanced threats.

This new Radar Warning Receiver capability locates drones and classifies them as a threat, and provides an answer to dealing with one of the most increasing threats facing commercial and military aircraft today. The ability to locate and classify drones as a threat is enabled by adding new processing capabilities to the Radar Warning Receiver digital receivers. As part of an overall Electronic Warfare solution, the sensor continues to function as an Radar Warning Receiver sensor in parallel to the new capability, and enhances mission success for helicopters and transport aircraft.

In addition, the Radar Warning Receivers can be configured with another new capability, the ability to detect and geo-locate the Personal Location Beacon of ground forces or pilots located on the ground. This capability means that any platform with an Radar Warning Receiver can perform this task, which saves time and resources that are critical in a search and rescue (SAR) mission.

Oren Sabag, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR & EW: "We are proud to enable our customers high-end protection capabilities to increase their platform survivability and aircrew safety. We will continue to invest significant R&D efforts to supply the most advanced, cutting edge and cost-effective solutions guaranteeing comprehensive protection and mission success."

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