Textron to Provide A2PATS to US Navy’s Electronic Warfare Laboratory

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Textron to Provide A2PATS to US Navy’s Electronic Warfare Laboratory
 
Textron Electronic Systems has been awarded a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract by the US Navy. Under this USD49 million programme, the company will provide its Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator (A2PATS) system to the Electronic Combat simulation and Evaluation Laboratory (ECSEL).
     
Textron Electronic Systems has been awarded a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract by the US Navy. Under this USD49 million programme, the company will provide its Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator (A2PATS) system to the Electronic Combat simulation and Evaluation Laboratory (ECSEL).
A US Navy EA-18G Growler parked on an aircraft carrier deck (Photo: US Navy)
     
The laboratory is part of the Naval Air Warfare Centre Weapons Division, at Point Mugu, in California. The contract includes the provision of additional simulation systems, on-call maintenance, repair and system upgrades, along with replacement parts for existing and newly acquired systems.

The A2PATS open architecture electromagnetic simulator incorporates electronic warfare, communications and ELINT capabilities, distributing multiple RF synthesizers in a modular and expandable system. It can precisely locate, identify and defend against virtually all ground-based and surface-to-air missile threats.

With the use of the A2PATS the US Navy will be able to test its current and future electronic warfare systems and capabilities in support of aircraft platform integration and testing. Textron has the unique capability and expertise to manufacture the only RF Synthesizer compatible with the Navy’s Electronic Warfare Systems Integration Test Environment (EW SITE) threat simulator. Compatibility with the existing system is required to enable sharing of hardware components and leveraging of existing government-developed threat scenario software.

Steve Mensh, Senior VP and General Manager, said: “Electronic Systems is proud to offer a uniquely capable product to the U.S. Navy. Our trusted RF product suite and A2PATS lead the industry with interoperable, customizable and powerful test and EW simulation support from the lab to the flight line and the range. This speaks to its flexibility, simulation power and ease of use. Stringent and demanding test scenarios are met with fast and reliable results providing mission-readiness and confidence to crews in their critical systems.”
 

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