Selex ES IFF interrogators selected for Italy
The FPS-17 air defence radar systems in use with the Italian Air Force will be integrated with SIR-M5-E New Generation Interrogator Friend or Foe (NGIFF) systems under a new €3 million contract issued to Selex ES by the NATO Support Agency (NSPA).
The SIR-M5-E is Selex ES’s Mode 5 capable (Level 1 and Level 2) long range NGIFF interrogator. It has been developed and qualified in accordance with NATO (STANAG 419) and US (AIMS 03 -1000A) standards.
The Mode 5 technology allows the SIR-M5-E to clearly recognise each aircraft detected by an air defence radar, even in extremely crowded environments with a mix of friend and foe assets and electronic jamming. The interrogator makes use of Selex ES’s Secure Data Unit (SDU) cryptographic module to manage the Mode 5 functions of the SIR- M5-E.
The contract will see the company supply four SIR-M5-E systems for the Italian Air Force air defence radars. The system was previously selected in 2012 for use with the force’s TPS -77 mobile air defence radar systems manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
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