Fincantieri EO/IR Seeker Emulator for Electronic Defence Countermeasures Assessment

 In Defense, Sea, Italy, Forces & Capabilities

INSIS, a Fincantieri Group com­pa­ny, has been award­ed, under restrict­ed pro­ce­dure, the European tender for the supply of a pro­gram­ma­ble EO/IR (elec­tro-opti­cal/in­frared) seeker emu­la­tor for Electronic Defence sys­tems coun­ter­mea­sures effec­tive­ness assess­ment.

The supply was request­ed by the Italian Ministry of Defence – Secretariat General of Defence / National Armaments Directorate (SGD-DNA) – General Directorate of Naval Armaments (NAVARM) – 3rd Department (Combat Systems) – 8th Division – Surface Systems and Weapons.

It involves the design and devel­op­ment of a sup­port system for ver­i­fi­ca­tion and val­i­da­tion of tech­niques to defend against elec­tro-opti­cal/in­frared (EO/IR) guided mis­siles, rep­re­sent­ed by coun­ter­mea­sures such as flares and DIRCM sys­tems com­bined with eva­sive manoeu­vres actu­at­ed by Italian Navy ships.

The system, com­posed of a multi-sensor gyro-sta­bi­lized hard­ware unit, will be trans­portable aboard naval ships or deploy­able in firing ranges, a Fincantieri state­men said.

Integrated with a soft­ware com­po­nent devel­oped ad hoc for sim­u­la­tion of engage­ment and track­ing tech­niques typ­i­cal of var­i­ous types of mis­sile seek­ers, it will enable assess­ment of a sce­nario in which a mis­sile threat, sim­u­lat­ed pri­mar­i­ly by the system in ques­tion, is direct­ed at a naval ship under test.

The system will also be designed to sup­port ver­i­fi­ca­tion and val­i­da­tion of anti-air mis­sile coun­ter­mea­sure sys­tems installed onboard self-pro­tect­ed air­craft or heli­copters. The pro­gramme will have an over­all dura­tion of about 30 months and will end with the per­for­mance of field test cam­paigns car­ried out in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Italian Navy’s Naval Experimentation and Support Centre (CSSN-ITE) based in Livorno.  –shp/mgm

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