The US Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a US$450 million contract to provide advanced electronic warfare simulation and training capability.
The contract is for indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity of the Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) systems, which offer realistic warfighter training while providing a modern battlespace environment to help train military personnel to counter enemy missile and artillery threats.
The JTE Enhanced Delivery Initiative contract includes threat emitter units, mobile and fixed command and control units, support equipment, testing and training.
JTE can be relocated easily, and is reactive to aircrew/aircraft for defence measures, and can be rapidly reprogrammed with new threat parameters.
Northrop Grumman's full list of capabilities for the JTE is as follows:
- Capability to train as you fight;
- Multi-threat training from a single system;
- Fully integrated IADS command and control emulation;
- Reactivity to aircraft maneuvers and ECM;
- Complete debriefing capability;
- IFF tracking system (multi-player);
Superior reliability and capability;
Integrated logistical support (ILS); and
- Spiral upgrade capability.
The JTE offers 'true' warfighter training for the combat aircrews and provides a modern, reactive battlespace war environment, designed to help train military personnel to identify and effectively counter enemy missile or artillery threats.
A multi-threat, hi-fidelity simulator with realistic effective radiated power levels, the JTE simulates both single and double digit surface-to-air and anti-aircraft artillery radar systems and accurately trains combat aircrews to defeat or avoid integrated air defence systems around the world in a war-like training environment.
"Our Joint Threat Emitter systems enable aircrews to train in environments that match actual combat situations. These training systems are critical in preparing members of the military to respond to threats," said Rob Fleming, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman.
The initiative will also include sales to US partner countries through the US Air Force, with all work to be performed in Buffalo.