Sensor options supplier HENSOLDT and Rafael Superior Defence Programs Ltd. are becoming a member of forces to supply a readily-available, state-of-the-art, and mature answer to the Luftwaffe’s requirement of airborne digital warfare capabilities with Preliminary Working Functionality (IOC) in 2028. The unique teaming settlement was signed in Tel Aviv on 18th October 2022, by Thomas Müller, CEO HENSOLDT, and Maj. Gen (ret.) Yoav Har-Even, President and CEO of RAFAEL. HENSOLDT and RAFAEL agreed to embark on a joint endeavour to combine and improve RAFAEL’s Sky Protect airborne digital warfare pod as a mature off-the-shelf Escort Jammer (ESJ), with the newest airborne digital assault nationwide delicate know-how (KALÆTRON Assault) by HENSOLDT. This new functionality helps the Luftwaffe’s determination to adapt the Eurofighter Storm into an digital assault (EA) platform. The brand new EA pod makes use of the prevailing interfaces of the Litening Pod, already combat-proven on the Storm, thus considerably simplifying the mixing efforts and saving invaluable assets. Collectively, HENSOLDT and RAFAEL carry the mandatory expertise not solely as answer suppliers for ESJ, but in addition within the programme setting of the Eurofighter and associated integration and certification processes.

RAFAEL’s President and CEO, Mr. Yoav Har-Even: “Our new partnership with HENSOLDT is a major milestone in increasing Rafael’s strategic investments in Germany. This collaboration is a direct results of Rafael’s technique to use localization and guarantee native sovereignty. HENSOLDT and RAFAEL share a standard imaginative and prescient, distinctive data, and an organizational tradition of excellence. Underneath the management of HENSOLDT, these will come collectively synergistically to offer the Luftwaffe with top-notch EW/EA capabilities, mandatory to deal with present and future threats and challenges.”


“Our corporations are specialists in airborne digital warfare and mix newest know-how with battle-proven gear”, says Thomas Müller, CEO HENSOLDT. “Based mostly on these expertise and supported by present government-to-government agreements, we’re capable of provide the Luftwaffe a sovereign answer to the well timed functionality switch of the ECR Twister and, on the similar time, to develop the capabilities of the Eurofighter by an escort jamming answer confirmed in trendy operational situations.”

Teaming settlement signed (from left): Celia Pelaz, Chief Technique Officer HENSOLDT, Maj. Gen (ret) Yoav Har-Even, President & CEO RAFAEL, Thomas Müller, CEO HENSOLDT, and Dr. Ran Gozali, Govt Vice President, GM Land & Naval Division RAFAEL. (Picture by Rafael Superior Defence Programs Ltd)

HENSOLDT has developed the “Kalætron Assault” Airborne Jamming System which lately confirmed its effectiveness towards numerous enemy air defence radars. It’s a part of HENSOLDT’s totally digital ‘Kalætron’ product household, which is utilized in self-protection and sign intelligence methods within the German armed forces. Along with cognitive software program parts, the core contains a completely digitised, broadband sensor and an electronically controllable, software program outlined jammer. Metallic 3D printing enabled a condensed design of the digital parts in order that the jammer could be simply built-in into pod codecs generally used worldwide or instantly into our bodies of varied flying platforms. The system’s effectiveness and responsiveness are additionally based mostly on synthetic intelligence (AI) algorithms, which allow the classification of unknown threats within the subject and the fast analysis of enormous quantities of knowledge. In doing so, the various years of in-depth expertise within the growth of jamming strategies towards radars had been effectively mixed with the newest strategies of making use of Edge AI computing.

RAFAEL’s Sky Protect Escort Jammer is a military-off-the-shelf answer already delivered to a number of prospects worldwide, subsequently permitting for simple integration onto quick jet platforms. Sky Protect leverages the huge expertise of RAFAEL within the Digital Warfare area and its expertise with German Air Drive platforms. Through the use of AESA (Lively Electronically Scanned Array) know-how, the only wideband jamming pod covers current and future excessive frequency vary whereas offering a excessive Efficient Radiation Energy (ERP). Sky Protect is ready to generate simultaneous jamming and deception transmissions towards a number of threats, and its commonality with present know-how, coupled with its open structure, enable HENSOLDT and RAFAEL to supply a really strong progress potential to deal with future challenges and supply for unique nationwide constructing blocks. RAFAEL serves as a centre of excellence for Digital Warfare and is the operator of Israel’s nationwide EW vary, possessing important world-leading experience on this area. A few of RAFAEL’s combat-proven, end-to-end airborne options are in service in Germany, together with the LITENING and RECCELITE Electro-Optic pods on the Luftwaffe’s Eurofighter Storm. The corporate’s cutting-edge, life-saving defence options are in service with quite a few NATO-member nations, together with the U.S and throughout Europe.