March 20, 2014
Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has received an award totaling more than $36 million to provide electronic warfare (EW) equipment, spares and support services to the Turkish Air Force. When fully definitized, the contract could be valued at up to $80 million.
Under the foreign military sales contract issued by the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Exelis will supply Turkey with Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) systems to protect its F-16 fighter jets from a range of advanced and evolving electronic threats.
Exelis will supply Turkey with the pod variant of the AIDEWS system, the ALQ-211(V)9, which is carried externally rather than installed into the aircraft like its internal counterpart, the ALQ-211(V)4. Though the two variants offer similar capabilities and interchangeable components, the pod offers greater flexibility, as it can be installed or removed based on mission requirements. Exelis previously supplied 30 ALQ-211(V)4 systems to Turkey under a separate contract in 2009.