Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems has received a $450 million, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract award to deliver Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) systems to the U.S. Air Force.
The JTE offers realistic warfighter training and provides a modern, reactive battlespace environment that trains military personnel to identify and counter enemy missile and artillery threats.
Awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), the JTE Enhanced Delivery Initiative contract includes threat emitter units, mobile and fixed command and control units as well as spares, support equipment, testing and training.
JTE is a robust and ruggedized system that is easily relocated, reactive to aircrew/aircraft for fast-jet, fixed-wing and rotary-wing defensive measures, and can be rapidly reprogrammed with new threat parameters.
“Our Joint Threat Emitter systems enable aircrews to train in environments that match actual combat situations. These training systems are critical in preparing members of the military to respond to threats,” said Rob Fleming, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman.
The JTE Enhanced Delivery Initiative includes Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to U.S. partner countries through the U.S. Air Force. All work under this contract will be performed in Buffalo.
Northrop Grumman’s JTE is the current U.S. Air Force program of record with 28 systems so far fielded both domestically and internationally.
Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) system
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.