16 November 2011 - by Andrew White – Shepard Group
Washington, DC - Selex Galileo is actively targeting the export market for its suite of EW systems as the UK faces economic pressures over the next ten years, a company executive has told Shephard.
According to VP marketing and sales for EW, Peter Forrest, Selex Galileo is in the process of pursuing further opportunities in the US and Saudi Arabia. The company, he added, has also highlighted Brazil and India for additional opportunities in the near future.
While the UK faces a tough economic environment, Forrest expects research and development (R&D) work to continue: 'We are looking to export for a number of years as the EW export market is not as badly affected [by the economic downturn],' he said.
Referring to the 'special relationship' enjoyed by the UK and US, Forrest said there was also scope for R&D in aircraft survivability equipment.
More specifically, Forrest said Selex Galileo was looking to 'get involved' with integrating its Defensive Aids System (DAS) in the US, adding that it was talking to the Department of Defense and various US prime contractors to 'exploit existing relationships' still further.
In Saudi Arabia, Selex Galileo is working alongside BAE Systems to work up full capability of the Kingdom's Tornado and Typhoon fleets. Forrest said that the DAS capability demonstrated by the Typhoon's Praetorian system was now available in sub-system modules for a more tailored solution. This, he said, incorporates the DAS controller; SEER radar warning capability; and SAGE compact or distributed Electronic Support Measures system.
Meanwhile, Selex Galileo has already flown the SAGE payload on board a surrogate aircraft as it looks to integrate the system onto its Falco 'Evo' UAV. The payload, which comprises two antenna packages, one on the end of each wing, provides direction-finding capabilities and according to Forrest, should be ready for production by the middle of 2013.