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AN/ALQ-151A Quickfix
AN/ALQ-151(V)2 Quickfix
AN/ALQ-151(V)3 Advanced Quickfix [AQF]

In mid-1999 both versions of the Ground Based Common Sensor (GBCS Heavy and Light) as well as the Advanced Quickfix [AQF] program were replaced by the Prophet System.

QUICKFIX was aactical heliborne electronic warfare jamming system mounted on EH-1H or EH-1X aircraft. QUICKFIX II is mounted on the EH-60A. The AN/ALQ-151 (V)2 Special Purpose Electronic Countermeasure System, QUICKFIX, is a Heliborne Electronic Warfare system. The AN/ALQ-151 (V)2 Special Purpose Electronic Countermeasure System incorporates the EH-60A Helicopter, AN/TLQ-17A (V)2 Jammer, Electronic Countermeasure (ECM) group, Electronic Support Measure (ESM) equipment for active ECM, Airborne Radio Direction Finder (ARDF) data processing and a suite of Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE). Voice and data link communications between other airborne QUICKFIX systems and select ground systems are provided via secure communications. A total of 66 systems were procured. QUICKFIX Systems NET with each other and interop with TRAILBLAZER in a NETTED configuration for DF purposes. Material changes include fielding of software to permit QUICKFIX to interop with TEAMMATE which has connectivity with Technical Control and Analysis Center (TCAC) and ASAS. This will dramatically improve performance in Light Divisions and Armored Cavalry Regiments.

Quick Fix is a tactical, heliborne intercept and electronic countermeasures system deployed on a modified utility helicopter. Quick Fix helicopters are organic to the division, separate brigade, and armored cavalry regiment. As with SEMA airspace requirements, Quick Fix flight profiles are situationally dependent on mission requirements, aircraft and system capabilities, air defense threat, and weather. A flight profile requires airspace within the division or corps area of operations and at altitudes above the coordinating altitude. In addition to its airspace requirements, Quick Fix requires the monitoring of electronic warfare (EW) operations to coordinate the use of the electromagnetic spectrum by all forces.

Further system improvements will evolve select AN/ALQ-151 (V)2 QUICKFIX Systems into the Advanced QUICKFIX (AQF).

The Advanced Quickfix (AN/ALQ-151(V)3) Advanced Heliborne Intercept and Electronic Attack System is operated by the MI units at division and ACR. The AQF uses the EH-60L Blackhawk helicopter with external fuel pods as its platform. The system will provide target and situation development and communications jamming for the commander. The AQF is the Army's only heliborne, self-contained, fully integrated division level asset. It uses the same subsystems as the Ground Based Common Sensor-Light and Heavy ( GBCS-L & GBCS-H), and the USMC Mobile Electronic Warfare Support System ( MEWSS). The AQF is capable of intercept and location. It is also capable of conducting surgical or "smart" electronic attack against designated targets. The AQF preprocesses signal data at the sensor and provides its information to the Analytical Control Element (ACE) in near-real-time. System information provides input for the tasking and mission direction of other divisional IEW assets.

The Advanced Quickfix [AQF] is the air component of the Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Common Sensor (IEWCS) system. AQF provides Division and ACR commanders with an organic capability to listen to, locate for hard-kill targeting or order-of-battle resolution, or render ineffective through jamming opposition command and control and fire control nets and identify and locate counter/mortar, counter/battery, ground surveillance and other radar emissions. It provides the line of sight (LOS) extension necessary to provide for location accuracies sufficient for "Steel on Target" requirements, as well as for extension of C2 Jamming LOS.



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