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Thales unveils dedicated electronic warfare laboratory

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: 06 February, 2008  (New Product)
Thales UK has announced the opening of its new Joint Electronic Warfare Experimentation Laboratory (JEWEL). The JEWEL laboratory, officially opened by Councillor Gary Hunt, The Lord Mayor of the city of Leicester, combines a fully operational Electronic Warfare Operation Centre (EWOC) to provide a complete simulation of land electronic warfare (EW) scenarios, support tools and mission planning and reporting.
Its ability to simultaneously simulate up to nine sensors, including two live sensors, allows Thales to demonstrate the capability and flexibility of sensor remote control. This will enable customers to carry out training and operational modelling of the battlespace under realistic conditions.

“The JEWEL is an extremely powerful tool and a breakthrough in our research, development and testing capability,” says Richard Deakin, Managing Director of Thales’ aerospace business in the UK. “It allows us to work hand in hand with our customers to model, test and refine their land EW operational requirements, thereby leading to refined solutions that save development time and – crucially – reduce costs.”

The laboratory adds to Thales’ impressive EW capability. In the UK alone more than 400 people are dedicated to the research, development and delivery of Thales’ integrated EW systems. Thales has land, naval and air EW systems in service with armed forces around the world, and recently won the prestigious SMART contract to upgrade the electronic surveillance measures on the Royal Navy’s submarine fleet.

Long-term plans include the ability to link the JEWEL with Thales’ existing Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition And Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Theatre in Crawley to conduct even more extensive modelling and simulation exercises.

Kevin Swales, Director of Electronic Combat Systems activities for Thales in the UK, says: “This is the a major step forward in EW modelling in the UK. The possibilities for it to help our customers develop and test their EW strategies are extremely exciting – with the electromagnetic spectrum increasingly cluttered, our defence forces need to know how their equipment is going to cope in real combat environments. The JEWEL laboratory will play a critical role in that.”

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