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## Counter-IED effort helps drive $23 billion EW systems market Article Type: Mini features From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 4 Over the next ten years, an estimated$23 billion will be spent on the development and production of major EW programs, according to Forecast International’s “The Market for Electronic Warfare Systems.” Some 35,814 units of leading electronic countermeasures (ECM), radar warning receivers (RWRs), electronic support measures (ESM), and other EW systems that make up this analysis are expected to be produced through 2017.
While the prospect of equipping civilian aircraft is far from certain, the military demand for this technology is more assured. Northrop Grumman’s Large Aircraft IR Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system is expected to be installed on a growing number of NATO and US aircraft. The FY08/09 US defense budget features one of the biggest allotments for LAIRCM development and procurement in the system’s history. The Pentagon plans to spend well over $1 billion through FY13 on procurement of the systems for these aircraft, declaring that its long-range desire is to equip a total of 444 aircraft. Among military planners, the need to adapt and adopt airborne electronic attack (AEA) systems will also be a major market driver. Low-rate initial production of the US Navy’s all-important EA-18G Growler AEA platform is to run through 2009-2012. Meanwhile, upgraded EA-6B Prowlers are deploying as fast as they can be completed. Desperately needing to disrupt and disable enemy communications on a moment’s notice, the US Marine Corp has already taken an early lead in the program, procuring its own fleet of upgraded aircraft. In terms of funding, based on a projection of the current US defense budget, the Navy will likely spend more than$2.3 billion over the next ten years on R&D for EW technology. Likewise, the Air Force can be expected to commit some \$673.6 million for its own EW needs – a number that may change dramatically with the prospect of a possibly renewed B-52 AEA program.