THE GERMAN AIR force is to fit an Israeli Elisra self-protection electronic-warfare (EW) system on a Sikorsky CH-53 helicopter for evaluation purposes. If the trial is successful, a procurement order will follow.

The air force is believed to have examined several self-protection systems for use on the CH-53s, before selecting Elisra equipment for flight trials.

No details have been released about the equipment, but it is believed to be a derivative of a similar EW system used by the Israeli air force on its CH-53s.

The Elisra equipment is capable of fast recognition of threats, with manual or automatic activation of different countermeasures, including chaff and flares, and accurate jamming of the threat sensor emissions.

Source: Flight International