Ankara, Turkey – Turkish F-16 aircraft have received an electronic protection shield. By detecting the radar signal and missile threat directed at it and alerting the pilot, SPEWS-II can display the aircraft in different places by electronic mixing. Closing a significant gap in the air, the ASELSAN-produced device was fitted to 21 F-16s.
Turkey, on the one hand, continues its work to meet the need for a long-range air defense system, and on the other hand, increases the variety of measures in the air defense layer against missile threats. In this direction, serious progress was made in the ‘SPEWS-II’ Electronic Warfare (EH) Self-Protection System Project launched by the Defense Industry Directorate (SSB) and developed to protect the F-16s in the inventory of the Turkish Air Force against missile threats.
For the F-16 aircraft included in the Air Force inventory, the SPEWS-II system, developed by Aselsan with the support of BAE Systems, began to be used on our warplanes. The system, which successfully completed all tests and received full marks from fighter pilots, was put into operation with the installation of products from the mass production line on the aircraft. So far, 21 F-16 aircraft have been equipped with this system.
The SPEWS-II system will protect F-16 fighter jets against radar-guided missiles, a significant threat. The system works as follows: SPEWS-II, integrated into F-16 aircraft, detects radar signals emitted by missiles and gives warnings to the pilot. The system is also capable of both scrambling these signals, which allow missiles to find planes, and deceiving missiles by showing the plane in a different place. The system can detect and identify signals belonging to radar-guided missiles that may pose a threat to the plane it is on. Again, it generates and sends specially programmed countermeasure signals against these missiles, which allows these missiles to be mixed.
Along with the use of SPEWS-II in F-16s, which are seen as an important force multiplier in air operations, fighter jets, especially in cross-border operations, will perform safer missions against radar-guided missile threats during their missions. F-16s currently use the classic ‘FLARE’ system against heat-guided air-to-air missiles. The F-16s, which tried to deceive the missile coming towards it thanks to the mini heat bombs (FLARE) it left in the air, have now gained significant power with the SPEWS-II in addition to the Flare. SPEWS, which operates on the principle of radio frequency mixing against Radar-guided missiles, also received positive ratings by pilots. A total of 60 Electronic Warfare (EH) self-protection systems (53 mass production + 7 pilot systems) are planned to be supplied for use on the F-16C Block-50 aircraft included in the Air Force inventory as part of the project initiated by the SSB.
Turkey has set the priority goal of meeting the need for electronic warfare by aircraft, especially against air defense systems in northern Syria. After the downing of the Russian plane, the CHAFF system against radar-guided missiles, which had been tested by NATO, was on the agenda. But Turkey, which has been forced to supply systems from its Western allies through cross-border operations, has stepped up its national capabilities in this regard. SPEWS – II was also rapidly manufactured and integrated into aircraft under these conditions. Currently, the S-200 (SA-5), Derby, Arrow, Aster-30 and Patriot PAC3 air defense systems use active radar guidance technology.
SPEWS-II, which is expected to protect the F-16 fighter aircraft from ground or air-dropped missiles during the mission, will also receive a serious layer of Defense Forces in air operations, with the production and operation of the Air SOJ, known as the ‘Flying KORAL’. Air SOJ will also detect and identify enemy communications systems and radars, mixing and deceiving them, while warplanes will be activated as a signal mixer by detecting and detecting radar guided missile threats. In this way, security will be increased in operations. The first deliveries at Air SOJ are also scheduled to take place in 2023.