U.S. Air Force receiving E-3 simulators

Dec. 6, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Combat Electromagnetic Environment Simulators for E-3 aircraft are being provided to the U.S. Air Force by Northrop Grumman.

The CEESIM system will be used to support maintenance of the U.S. Air Force E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, Electronic Support Measures Operational Computer Program software.

"The flexibility of the AWACS CEESIM system allows for adaptation to a wide variety of both system-under-test and existing laboratory external control interfaces," said Joe Downie, president of Northrop Grumman's Amherst Systems business unit.

"This flexibility provides a cost-effective transition from the existing simulator to a state-of-the-art, supportable, modern simulator capability, in support of fifth-generation electronic warfare systems."

The CEESIM provides navigation and pulse data from custom scenarios, enabling software engineers to test software changes by injecting pulses into the avionics.

The AWACS CEESIM system will replace an aging Advanced Multiple Environment Simulator system.

The contract was awarded by Defense Microelectronics Activity, a U.S. Department of Defense applied engineering facility.

The equipment will be delivered to the Tinker Air Force Base Avionics Integration Support Facility in Oklahoma.

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