March 19, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - According to the Dawn newspaper, the Pentagon has awarded a $78.2 million contract to supply Pakistan with electronic warfare systems for the countries F-16s.
The purchase will be made under the Foreign Military Sales Programme. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA
) has yet to release any announcements.
In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the Pentagon identified the primary contractor as ITT, which has over half century of multi-platform experience in electronic warfare.
has selected the ALQ-211(V) 4 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite known by its acronym AIDEWS.
The Pentagon said the ALQ-211(V) 4 will be used on the F-16 aircraft Pakistan is buying from the United States. ITT will also supply spares, support equipment, training, engineering services, flight test support and data.
The ALQ-211 alerts the pilot to foil radar threats by seeing the radar before it sees him, says John Dench, director of marketing for ITT Electronic Systems
The Pakistani government has already provided $39 million to ITT for this contract. The equipment will be fitted to the F-16s at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Recently, the ALQ-211 (V) 4 system was installed and integrated aboard 10 Peace Puma F-16s delivered to Chile