Airbus Defence and Space to Upgrade German IFF Systems

New “Mode 5” IFF standard reduces the risk of friendly fire

Issue 58

Airbus Defence and Space will upgrade the German Armed Forces’ identification systems to NATO’s new “Mode 5” IFF (identification-friend-or-foe) standard which will improve the distinction of friendly and hostile forces and thus help to avoid friendly fire. To this end, the German procurement authority awarded Airbus Defence and Space a two-digit million Euro follow-on contract to upgrade the existing IFF interrogator and transponder equipment.  

The contract covers the adaptation to Mode 5 standard of the existing STR 2000 transponders onboard all flying platforms of the German Armed Forces. Furthermore, the adaptation applies to the MSSR (Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) 2000 I interrogators in all land-based platforms. Following a first contract awarded in 2013, the next phase of the modernization program covered by the current contract is scheduled to last until 2016.