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Two recent contracts to main and support various electronic warfare (EW) platforms across the services of the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) has taken determinable spending on the dark art to some R222.7 million since 2007.

The US Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (DMAT) defines EW as “any military action involving the use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum or to attack the enemy. The three major subdivisions within electronic warfare are electronic attack, electronic protection, and electronic warfare support.”

The South African Air Force earlier this month placed orders – extensions of existing contracts – on the country’s two EW houses – Grintek Ewation and Sysdel. Grintek Ewation received a R1 666 667 contract to maintain and support the communication jammer and communication intelligence system developed for the Oryx medium helicopter and a communication intelligence system designed for the Douglas C47 TP Dakota. Sysdel, was tasked with further interim logistic support for the electric support measure subsystems of the AgustaWestland SuperLynx 300 maritime helicopter. The deals take known spending to R222 679 074.03.

The DMAT explains electronic attack (EA) as that division of EW involving the use of electromagnetic energy, directed energy, or antiradiation weapons to attack personnel, facilities, or equipment with the intent of degrading, neutralising, or destroying enemy combat capability and is considered a form of fires. EA includes actions taken to prevent or reduce an enemy’s effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum, such as jamming and electromagnetic deception, and employment of weapons that use either electromagnetic or directed energy as their primary destructive mechanism, such as lasers, radio frequency weapons and particle beams

Electronic protection is that component of EW involving passive and active means taken to protect personnel, facilities, and equipment from any effects of friendly or enemy employment of EW that degrade, neutralise, or destroy friendly combat capability.

Electronic warfare support is that aspect of EW involving actions tasked by, or under direct control of, an operational commander to search for, intercept, identify, and locate or localise sources of intentional and unintentional radiated electromagnetic energy for the purpose of immediate threat recognition, targeting, planning and conduct of future operations. Thus, electronic warfare support provides information required for decisions involving electronic warfare operations and other tactical actions such as threat avoidance, targeting, and homing. Electronic warfare support data can be used to produce signals intelligence, provide targeting for electronic or destructive attack, and produce measurement and signature intelligence.

STRATEGIC COMINT, JAMMER

Retention and development of the strategic communications intelligence and communications jamming technology capability

ERES/2010/5 5 Aug 2010 R14 564 870,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

Retention and development of the strategic communications intelligence and communications jamming technology capability: Ongoing task

ERES/2007/382 26 Jun 2008 R12 274 100,32 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

Retention & development of strategic communications intelligence & communications jamming technology – extension of ERES/2006/197

RES/S2007/1963 14 Nov 2007 R113 175,98 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

GENERAL EW

Maintenance and support services of the static, mobile and tactical electronic warfare systems for the Department of Defence

ELGS/2009/510 10 Mar 2010 R99 319 227,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

Maintenance of electronic warfare systems and related subsystem equipment for the SANDF – extension of ELGS/2004/470

LGS/S2009/4098 1 Oct 2009 R438 639,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2008/3879 5 Feb 2009 R1 096 491,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2007/3649 14 Feb 2008 R693 059,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2007/3487 19 Jul 2007 R221 053,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2006/3323 15 Feb 2007 R528 120,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

GENERAL COMINT, JAMMER

Communications intelligence and communications jamming capability technology retention

ERES/2008/428 11 Mar 2009 R2 221 084,16 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

Maintenance and support of the SANDF’S inmarsat monitoring system – extension of ETEL/2009/55

TEL/S2010/3981 29 Jul 2010 R1 350 052,97 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

GENERAL ESM

Interim logistic support for the electronic support measures – extension of ERES/2007/414

RES/S2010/2204 10 Feb 2011 R1 182 834,00 Sysdel CC

ECCM

Study of electronic counter-counter measure techniques from a communications perspective

EBEB/2008/63 4 Dec 2008 R492 045,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

ORYX/DAKOTA COMMS JAMMER, COMINT, ELINT

Maintenance and support services of the Oryx communication jammer, communication intelligence system and Dakota communication intelligence system for the SAAF – extension of ELGS/2010/112

LGS/S2010/4612 10 Feb 2011 R1 666 667,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

RES/S2007/1950 2 Aug 2007 R122 807,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

Maintenance of the Oryx communication jammer, communication intelligence system and Dakota communication intelligence system for the SAAF

ELGS/2010/112 22 Sep 2010 R23 859 454,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

Maintenance of the Oryx communication jammer (OCJ), Communication intelligence system (COMIX) and Dakota communication intelligence system and Dakota communication intelligence electronic warfare systems (DACIS, Dalesta) for the SAAF – extension of ELGS/2005/152

LGS/S2009/4269 25 Feb 2010 R2 280 702,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2009/4179 12 Nov 2009 R588 596,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2009/4022 20 Aug 2009 R1 056 757,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2008/3858 12 Feb 2009 R5 360 000,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2008/3811 9 Oct 2008 R952 327,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2007/3564 14 Nov 2007 R2 000 000,00 Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd

Limited product supply support services for the Open Loop Tracker, Dakota Elint, ESM/Elint and Oryx Radar Standoff Jammer System

ELGS/2006/540 11 May 2007 R9 998 121,94 Sysdel CC

Limited product supply support of the open loop tracker, Dakota Elint, Esm/Elint and Oryx radar standoff jammer system for the SAAF

LGS/S2007/3566 1 Nov 2007 R2 100 000,00 Sysdel CC

Limited product supply support of the Open Loop tracker, Dakota ELINT, ESM/ELINT and Oryx Radar standoff jammer systems for the SAAF – extension of ELGS/2006/540

LGS/S2010/4442 21 Jul 2010 R1 777 174,00 Sysdel CC

LGS/S2009/4265 17 Mar 2010 R4 000 000,00 Sysdel CC

LGS/S2009/4175 5 Nov 2009 R263 158,00 Sysdel CC

LGS/S2009/4024 20 Aug 2009 R1 345 736,00 Sysdel CC

LGS/S2008/3730 29 May 2008 R2 000 000,00 Sysdel CC

LYNX ESM

Interim logistic support for electronic support measures sub-system onboard the Lynx Maritime Helicopter

ERES/2007/414 2 Oct 2008 R12 543 164,70 Sysdel CC

Electronic Support Measures Subsystems for Marine helicopters – extension of ERES/2003/374

RES/S2007/1933 31 May 2007 R150 000,00 Sysdel CC

Electric support measure subsystems for maritime helicopter interim logistic support – extension of ERES/2007/414

RES/S2010/2204 10 Feb 2011 R1 182 834,00 Sysdel CC

RES/S2009/2143 17 Jun 2010 R1 912 160,00 Sysdel CC

RES/S2009/2106 6 Aug 2009 R2 314 277,55 Sysdel CC

RES/S2008/2074 19 Feb 2009 R415 883,46 Sysdel CC

RES/S2008/2061 22 Dec 2008 R37 240,50 Sysdel CC

GENERAL ELINT

Retention and development of essential electronic intelligence technologies: Ongoing task



ERES/2009/35 23 Sep 2009 R9 657 262,45 Sysdel CC