Northrop Grumman has demonstrated its joint threat emitter (JTE) in an electronic warfare (EW) range test at the US Naval Station Everett Annex in Pacific Beach, Washington.
During the test, the JTE successfully engaged an E/A-18G Growler electronic attack squadron, while enabling them to train against simulated EW battlefield threats near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington.
The test also confirmed that the area can support EW communications equipment and activity.
Northrop Grumman’s Amherst Systems business unit site director Joe Downie said: "Utilisation of equipment, such as the joint threat emitter, enables the navy to provide the most realistic training for its combat aircrews, while providing significant cost savings to the squadrons located at Whidbey Island."
The mobile air defence threat simulator, JTE has been designed to provide soldier training in hostile environments that simulate actual combat conditions.
In addition, the JTE assists aircrew to identify and effectively counter enemy missile or artillery threats.
The multi-threat, high-fidelity simulator, JTE can simulate both single- and double-digit surface-to-air and anti-aircraft artillery radar systems.
It also provides realistic effective radiated power levels to train combat aircrews accurately, to combat against integrated air defence systems in a simulating war environment.
With a train-as-you-fight capability, the JTE provides multi-threat training from a single system, fully integrated IADS command and control emulation, reactivity to aircraft manoeuvres and electronic counter measures, as well as complete debriefing capabilities.
IFF tracking system (multi-player), integrated logistical support and spiral upgrade capability are some of the key features offered by the simulator.