Cobham to provide NATO electronic warfare training pods


Cobham has won a £50 million (US$65 million) to provide electronic warfare training pods to NATO’s Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff.

The defence company has been contracted by Leonardo to deliver the full Air and NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defence Evaluation Facility (NASMDEF) systems.

In the air, the pods will provide complex and realistic electronic warfare (EW) training using radar and communications jamming as well as threat simulation.

The NASMDEF system will be the first within NATO able to provide this type of capability for anti-ship missile defence.

Both EW training systems are designed to meet the evolving threat environment in which NATO JEWCS operates, enabling NATO forces to remain operationally ready to react to current and emerging threats.

Paul Armstrong, senior vice president and general manager of Cobham said, “We have been developing our latest pods to meet the increasingly sophisticated, ever changing and future threats faced in contested environments.

“We are committed to working with Leonardo to provide NATO with the latest generation training and technology solutions to support effective operations with the electronic warfare environment.”


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