Keysight to Supply Electronic Warfare Threat Simulators to US Air Force

Digital testing solutions firm Keysight Technologies has secured an $18-million contract to provide the US Air Force with two Electronic Warfare Threat Simulators (EWTS).

The EWTS creates and analyzes different electronic warfare scenarios to boost the operational planning of warfighters. It supports the evaluation of multi-emitters, electronic disruptors, and dynamic flight paths.

Alongside the simulators, the company will deliver field engineer support, critical and non-critical spare parts, software patch management, and storage.

Keysight’s EWTS

The EWTS incorporates Keysight’s proprietary M9484C Vector Signal Generator that can sustain a connection of up to 54 Gigahertz with signal descriptor word streaming and virtual channel options.

It also leverages the firm’s real-time radio frequency modeling platform, Simulation View Software, which enables dynamic scenario control and detailed visualization.

The system can be modified with additional software and hardware components to address users’ future electronic warfare requirements.

Moreover, the simulator’s corresponding equipment uses commercial-off-the-shelf technology to reduce test costs, boost timelines, and maintain availability.

Customers employing the EWTS are covered by KeysightCare for technical support, warranty, and corresponding upgrades to minimize downtime and preserve operability after delivery.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Mendoza, 216th Space Control Squadron space systems operator, adjusts a dial while looking at frequency of a signal on the monitor of a ‘Honey Badger System’ during BLACK SKIES 22 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20, 2022. The 216 SPCS specializes in electromagnetic warfare and is participating in the Space Training and Readiness Command’s (STARCOM) BLACK SKIES 22, along with numerous other units spanning from California to Colorado. The first of its kind, BLACK SKIES 22 is a live simulation exercise designed to rehearse the command and control of multiple joint electronic warfare fires. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luke Kitterman)
Soldier adjusts a dial while looking at the frequency of a signal on the monitor during an electronic warfare exercise. Photo: Tech. Sgt. Luke Kitterman/US Space Force

“Keysight is uniquely positioned to aid in protecting system operators in all electromagnetic spectrum environments and we are working hard to ensure that our defense partners have the most sophisticated technology,” Keysight Defense Solutions General Manager Greg Patschke stated.

“With our Electronic Warfare Threat Simulation Solution, the US Air Force will strengthen its operational readiness with a platform that enables it to simulate and analyze sophisticated electronic warfare signals with the ability to scale and upgrade as its requirements change.”

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