Karan, great posts as usual.
So could a single MKI equipped with the SAP-518 or DARE's High Band Jammer wing tip pods be able to act as an escort jammer for a package of say 4 fighters? Can it jam multiple enemy airborne radars simultaneously? (superfluous question- the answer is in my next post - apparently it protects the host aircraft primarily)
One question about the SAP-14 escort jammer pod, is it generally along similar lines to what Saab is advertising with the Arexis Low Band Jammer pod? This is touted as an all-out escort jammer pod
"Our focus at the moment is to do the escort jammer – a pod to go on a few aircraft to accompany a strike package," says Petter Bedoire, Saab's head of electronic warfare marketing and sales. Currently, such duties must be performed by the US Navy's Boeing EA-18G Growler fleet, he notes.
A deployable stand-in jammer version is also being developed, which Bedoire describes as "like an annoying fly", based on its ability to generate a false target to confuse enemy air defence systems.
So-called quadrant receiver and transmitter systems housed within the aircraft's wing-tip pylons can provide a "spotlight jammer" capability, he notes.
and this article on the Saab Arexis LJP
EAJP employs advanced jamming functions to protect the aircraft against threat radars, and also provides an electronic attack (EA) function to disable transmitters.
In service, EAJP could be carried by select aircraft to act as EW escorts in a similar role to that currently undertaken by the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler.
An Arexis pod displayed at the time had large fins to house VHF/UHF antennas, with L- and S-band e-scan arrays in the front and rear of the pod. However, the pod that is under test is more slender and is finless. It is around 4 meters (13 feet) long and weighs around 350 kg (770 pounds).
Arexis LJP weighs 350 kg, which is not light by any means. How much does the SAP-518 and SAP-14 weigh?
Su-30MKI with SAP-518 and SAP-14 pods as well as a bunch of other weapons.