Textron Systems Electronic Systems, a Textron Inc. business, announced today that it was awarded a five year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, valued at up to $49 million for its Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator (A2PATS) systems and additional upgrade components. The Electronic Combat Simulation and Evaluation Laboratory (ECSEL) part of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in Point Mugu, Calif. will receive the A2PATS systems and upgrades. This contract will supply additional advanced simulation systems, on-call maintenance, repair and system upgrades, including replacement parts for existing and newly acquired systems.
The A2PATS is an advanced electromagnetic environment simulator incorporating electronic warfare (EW), communications and electronic intelligence capabilities providing performance and flexibility in verifying EW systems. It can precisely locate, identify and defend against virtually all ground-based and surface-to-air missile threats. A2PATS is an advanced technology open architecture simulator that distributes multiple RF synthesizers in a modular and expandable system.
The award consists of expanded capabilities that allow the U.S. Navy ECSEL to continue to efficiently develop and test current and future electronic warfare systems and capabilities in support of aircraft platform integration and testing. Electronic Systems possesses the unique capability and expertise to manufacture the only Radio Frequency (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.
“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,” says Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Mensh. “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.”
The A2PATS and RF Synthesizer are just two of several Textron Systems Electronic Systems products utilized by military customers. These products include the company’s Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester or JSECST (AN/USM-670A) and the Model 527 Radar Signal Simulator, both of which are available as rack-mounted lab configurations.