Exelis has been awarded a contract for the supply of its AN/PLM-4 radar signal simulators (RSS) to the US Air Force (USAF).

Under the terms of $6.3m contract, the company will supply an unspecified number of AN/PLM-4 RSS systems to the USAF for testing of radar warning receivers on various aircraft.

Exelis Communications Solutions business area vice-president Jennifer Schoonover said: "The AN/PLM-4 continues to be the signal simulator of choice for testing both air and ground vehicles.

"This unique capability allows airmen to confidently enter harm’s way knowing their electronic warfare systems will detect current and emerging enemy threats in the battlespace."

"The AN/PLM-4 continues to be the signal simulator of choice for testing both air and ground vehicles."

Operated by a battery or external AC power, the AN/PLM-4 RSS is a portable, cost-effective radar simulator designed to evaluate radar warning receivers, electronic surveillance measures, and electronic countermeasures systems.

Specifically, the self-contained system validates the detection and identification capabilities of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, surface ships, submarines, and land vehicles against the latest hostile threats.

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Testing can be carried out on pods, on-board self-protection electronic countermeasures systems, as well as radar warning receiver systems, and electronic warfare support measures systems.

The AN/PLM-4 RSS uses internal antennas to radiate toward the system under test (SUT), enabling the user to evaluate the SUT operation or perform diagnostics, and also features a remote terminal that controls its functions.

Production work under the contract would be carried out at the company’s facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, US, while the delivery schedule remains undisclosed.