The Defense Department announced today a Foreign Military Sales contract with ITT Industries making possible for Pakistan to receive ALQ-211(V)9 Electronic Warfare equipment. ITT Industries, the company headquartered in Clifton NJ developed the ALQ-211(V)9 Advanced Integrated Defensive EW Suite (AIDEWS) upgrading its basic ALQ-211(V)4 which during the previous decade was sold to F-16 operators like Chile, Oman, Poland and Pakistan. Another product of the same family, the AN/ALQ-214(V)2 has been in operation with the US Navy as part of its F-18E/F Super Hornet fleet’s Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) since 2004. The $49.1 million contract for the ALQ-211 (v)9 Pod announced today covers 18 actual ALQ-211 (v)9 Pods along with 4 spare pod shell assemblies. The contract is provisioned to deliver systems software and support equipment such as 2 antenna coupler sets and 2 lab test benches. In PAF service the ALQ-211(v)9 will be incorporated into Pakistan older F-16A/B Block 15 OCU providing high performance digital receiving EW capability augmented by a towed-decoy facility as well as RWR function. With the ALQ-211(v)9 having been aggressively marketed as the EW solution for legacy aircraft, it is possible that it will find its way to the Pakistan Air Force’s fleet of upgraded Mirage III/V.
The core of the system is the AALQ-211 Passive Receiver Processor Line Replaceable Unit. In it, a very high Mean Time Between Failure and integrated diagnostics and troubleshooting module ensure high reliability and low cost of maintenance. This is where the embedded stand-alone digital Radar Warning Receiver also comes into play. Operating in concert with a targeting pod, an ALQ-211(v)9 equipped aircraft can challenge all sources of emitted electronic radio frequencies waves thanks to dual band transmit electronics LRU. The 585 lbs pod is mounted below an F-16 center line is designed to accommodate further growth and maturity via the modular design. This contract which had been under negotiations since the Bush administration will allow the PAF to pursue its modernization program.