C-130 aircraft

Northrop Grumman has secured a contract for the delivery of its enhanced combat electromagnetic environment simulator (CEESIM) system to the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC), which is located at Robins Air Force Base (AFB) in Georgia, US.

Awarded by the US General Services Administration (GSA), the unspecified contract represents a single award under the Alliant indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle.

Northrop Grumman’s Buffalo-based Amherst Systems business unit site director Joe Downie said the contract marks the latest in a long history of CEESIM systems being used at WR-ALC.

"This enhanced system ensures that the Air Logistics Center will continue to have a versatile test asset to support a variety of electronic warfare systems," Downie added.

Equipped with an updated user interface and advanced digital hardware, CEESIM is an advanced radio frequency (RF) simulator designed to generate complex dynamic electromagnetic environments required for simulation of true-to-war conditions, enabling cost-effective testing and validation of sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) equipment.

As well as making programming of complex emitters more intuitive, the updated user enables the operator to customise the interface to suit specific requirements, while the digital hardware can be optimised to develop greater pulse density for advanced threats.

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Capable of seamlessly integrating into the WR-ALC’s existing Simulation Network lab control system, the off-the-shelf solution also offers angle-of-arrival radio frequency simulation techniques, including phase, amplitude and time difference of arrival.

In addition, the system is capable of supporting software maintenance and reprogramming of multiple electronic combat systems, such as those present on-board C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft.

Image: A C-130 Hercules undergoing modernisation at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia, US. Photo: Courtesy of United States Air Force.

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