The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) has selected the Advanced Countermeasures Electronic System (ACES) to equip 20 Block 52 F-16 fighter aircraft recently ordered from Lockheed Martin as part of a US$3.2 billion deal. The EAF is the 4th largest F-16 operator in the world, mustering about 195 aircraft of 220 ordered.
ACES is Raytheon’s newest integrated electronic warfare suite and comprises a radar warning receiver, jammer and chaff-flare dispenser. “Raytheon will provide Lockheed Martin with ACES systems for Egypt’s new “Peace Vector VII” F-16s, as well as related spares and maintenance support,” the company says in a statement.
Raytheon adds Morocco has also recently selected ACES for its F-16 fleet.
“The need for advanced, extremely accurate electronic warfare technology continues to be a critical element for every warfighter operating in a combat environment today. Our ACES self-protection system will identify potential threats, pinpoint their locations and jam them,” says Scott Jackson, general manager for Raytheon’s Electronic Warfare Systems business. “ACES delivers the latest capabilities in enhanced situational awareness and supports improved survivability to aircrews as they operate in ever more challenging environments.”
Pic: A US Air Force F16 similar to that operated by Egypt