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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Italy Upgrades Friend Or Foe Systems

Selex ES is an electronics and IT company based in Rome and Basildon (UK) part of the Finmeccanica family - which also includes BAE systems.

It was recently given the contract by the NATO Support Agency to upgrade Italy's friend-or-foe military systems.

What is 'friend or foe?"


"Identification Friend or Foe [IFF] procedures are the primary positive means of aircraft identification in Air Defense operations. Proper use of IFF procedures facilitates rapid engagement of enemy aircraft, conserves Air Defense assets, and reduces risk to friendly aircraft. Any time a plane flies, pilots put a code into their IFF system which others can identify as a friendly aircraft."

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