May 14 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $46 million delivery order from the U.S. Air Force for eight joint threat emitter units for electronic warfare simulation and training.
An indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for the JTE enhanced delivery initiative contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force in December 2018, according to a company news release Tuesday.
The JTE, which is a mobile air defense electronic warfare threat simulator, provides high-fidelity replication of surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery threats for aircrew training. They can be easily relocated and reactivated to aircrew/aircraft for fast-jet, fixed-wing and rotary-wing defensive measures. They can be rapidly reprogrammed with new threat parameters.
"JTE is critical to the success of the U.S. military and our international allies," James Conroy, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR at Northrop Grumman, said in a news release. "The system ensures aircrews are better equipped to identify and effectively counter the most advanced enemy missile and artillery threats."
All work under this contract, which includes retrofit kits for some existing systems, will be performed at Northrop Grumman's Amherst Systems plant in Buffalo, N.Y.
The units will be delivered to U.S. training ranges across the country and to select international locations. There are currently 30 systems in use in the U.S. and around the world.
Each JTE can simulate up to six threat systems with multiple systems able to be integrated and controlled in a coordinated manner "to simulate hostile integrated air defense systems," the company said on its website.
The system simulates single- and double-digit surface-to-air and anti-aircraft artillery radar systems.