Textron's subsidiary AAI Test & Training has introduced a new electronic warfare (EW) threat file translator to support its advanced architecture phase, amplitude and time simulator (A2PATS) system.
It has been designed to allow users to automate the quick and reliable transfer of threat file libraries from legacy systems to A2PATS and will be integrated as a standard capability onto the simulator.
The modular, plug-and-play design of A2PATS not only provides system flexibility and expansion but also dismisses expensive custom contracting and downtime conditions.
The first A2PATS system with translator capabilities has already been delivered by AAI Test & Training to an undisclosed US Navy customer.
Robert Peters, AAI Test & Training senior vice president and general manager, said that the EW threat file translator preserves existing threat databases developed for legacy systems and formats them to operate directly in the navy's new A2PATS EW simulators.
"This capability saves our customers countless work-hours otherwise needed to recreate the files in the newer format," he said.
Using direct-port radio frequency (RF) injection, A2PATS EW simulator provides maximum signal fidelity by eliminating the need for complex, performance-limiting RF distribution networks required for multiplexed simulators at the lowest cost.
The system features identical, high-performance, phase-coherent synthetic stimulus instruments that help in plug-and-play installation, testing availability and easy maintenance.
The EW simulator also provides precise control of time, amplitude and phase angle-of-arrival (AOA), with unmatched availability, powerful user interface, low-cost of ownership and a broad threat emitter library.
The US Navy, Air Force and other prime contractors of US Department of Defense (DoD) have also acquired AAI's A2PATS systems.