C4iSR: Air

Northrop Grumman lands USAF JTE aircrew training contract

24 December 2018

The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD450 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for the Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) designed to train aircrews to survive in a combat environment against surface-to-air missile (SAM) and air defence artillery (ADA) threats.

The JTE is intended to reduce range manpower and resource requirements by replacing legacy electronic warfare (EW) training equipment that has become obsolete and costly to maintain, the USAF said.

The JTE is mobile, reprogrammable, modular, remotely operated, and requires a minimum amount of manpower. It simulates a range of threat signals, in multiple emitter kits, which interact with the aircraft radar warning receiver and electronic countermeasure system to provide realistic EW training environments for aircrew, the USAF said.

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