Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems has been awarded a $450 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for U.S. agencies (Air Force, Navy, etc.); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) countries for Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) production end-items, spares, support equipment, testing, training, etc.
Work will be performed in Buffalo, New York, and various contiguous U.S. and outside the continental U.S. locations, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 5, 2025.
The contract was awarded by U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at the Hill Air Force Base and involves foreign military sales to U.S. partner countries.
The Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) system is a multi-threat, hi-fidelity mobile threat simulator which can realistically replicate the electronic emissions produced by a range of enemy surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems and anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) radar systems.
The system is designed to help train military personnel to identify and effectively counter enemy missile or artillery threats
Each JTE can simulate up to six threat systems (both single and double digit SAM and AAA radar systems) and multiple JTEs can be integrated and controlled in a coordinated manner to simulate hostile Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS). The system can also assess Performance of Aircraft Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) and Electronic Countermeasure (ECM) Systems
The JTE is composed of three subsystems – A Threat Emitter Unit (TEU), Command and Control Unit (C2U) and a Remote Power Unit (RPU).
Threat Emitter Unit (TEU) is designed to utilize several full Effective Radiated Power (ERP) kits that are interchangeable. Any kit can emulate up to six threats at full ERP. A Wide Band Kit is also available which emulates the EW threats across the spectrum needed by test and training ranges when less than full ERP is suitable.
Command and Control Unit (C2U) can control up to 12 different threat emitter units and serves as the overall system command and control center.
It can be deployed in two configurations: fixed within a range control center or mobile within a trailer mounted S-280 shelter. In the mobile configuration, an Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) tracking subsystem is added to provide for autonomous tracking of all players on the training range.
Remote Power Unit (RPU) provides AC power for the TEU and C2U in remote locations, when commercial power is unavailable.