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Role: Logistic support services
Status: Current

Electronic Warfare Centre

About this Squadron

The SAAF Electronic Warfare Centre consists of seven sections:

  • Operations:
    - Employment of the Mobile Ground SIGINT System
    - Employment of Radar Reflective Balloons
    - Supplyinh EW Operators for Airborne Electronic Support Measures platforms, Airborne Jammers and Foreign Weapon Systyems
  • Training:
    - Providing various EW courses to aircrew
    - Training for the Electronic Operator Course, EW Mission Planning Course and EW Systems Cource
    - Continuation training of Electronic Operators
  • Analysis
    Responsible for processing of sensor data originating from:
    - Mobile Ground Signal Intelligence Systems
    - C-47TP EW platform
    - Boeing 707
    - Cheetah C
    Updating the current intelligence system
  • Technical Evaluation
    Responsible for:
    - Threat definition
    - Countermeasures development
    - Countermeasures test and evaluation
    - Foreign weapon systems exploitation
  • Logistic Support
    Responsible for:
    - Management of the EW Centre operational budget
    - EW Centre transport maintenance, operation and management
    - Logistical support to camps, exercises, evaluations and trials
    - Logistical support for EW operations
  • Engineering Services
    Responsible for:
    - Maintaining all operational pre-flight data files for various aircraft
    - Maintaining and executing testing on the Multiple Emitter Environment Simulator
    - Optimising infrared countermeasure effectiveness by means of simulation and modelling
    - Maintaining the parameter database for SAAF electronic warfare and other SANDF players
    - Engineering support to projects
    - Develop, evaluate and implement radar electronic countermeasures for in-service systems
  • Maintenance
    Responsible for:
    - Organisational, intermediate and Depot-level maintenance of various EW systems fitted to aircraft
    - Organisational-level maintenance of ground-based EW systems, such as Mobile Ground Signal Intelligence Systems, Communication Callibration Systems and the Communication Training System
    - Intermediate and Depot-level maintenance of the radar systems fitted to various aircraft


Other Squadrons based at Air Force Base Waterkloof:
1 Air Servicing Unit, 111 Squadron, 21 Squadron, 28 Squadron, 41 Squadron, 44 Squadron, 5 Air Servicing Unit, 504 Squadron, 60 Squadron, Air Publications Service Centre, Central Photographic Institute, Command and Control School, Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre, SAAF Telecommunications Centre

Other Current Squadrons:
1 Air Servicing Unit, 10 Air Depot, 10 Squadron, 101 Squadron, 102 Squadron, 104 Squadron, 105 Squadron, 106 Squadron, 107 Squadron, 108 Squadron, 110 Squadron, 111 Squadron, 140 Squadron, 142 Squadron, 15 Squadron, 15 Squadron - 'C' Flight, 16 Squadron, 17 Squadron, 18 Deployment Support Unit, 19 Squadron, 2 Air Servicing Unit, 2 Squadron, 21 Squadron, 22 Squadron, 28 Squadron, 3 Air Servicing Unit, 35 Squadron, 41 Squadron, 44 Squadron, 5 Air Servicing Unit, 500 Squadron, 501 Squadron, 502 Squadron, 503 Squadron, 504 Squadron, 505 Squadron, 506 Squadron, 508 Squadron, 514 Squadron, 515 Squadron, 516 Squadron, 525 Squadron, 526 Squadron, 6 Air Servicing Unit, 60 Squadron, 68 Air School, 80 Air Navigation School, 85 Combat Flying School, 87 Helicopter Flying School, 92 Tactical Airfield Unit, Air Force Command and Control School, Air Force Gymnasium, Air Publications Service Centre, Airspace Control Unit, Bushveld Airspace Control Sector, Central Flying School, Central Photographic Institute, Combined Auction Centre, Command and Control School, Ellisras Reporting Post, Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre, Lowveld Airspace Control Sector, Mobile Communications Unit, Rapid Deployment Air Operations Team 43, Rapid Deployment Air Operations Team 46, SA Air Force College, SAAF Band, SAAF Museum Historic Flight, SAAF Police, SAAF Procurement Unit, SAAF Telecommunications Centre, School of Cookery, Test Flight and Development Centre