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Leonardo DRS Wins Position on USAF RISE EW Training Contract

Total Contract Value $950 Million Over Five-Years

The US Air Force has selected Leonardo DRS to build training range EW threat systems under the service’s Range Indefinite-delivery/Indefinite-quantity Support Effort (RISE), the company announced on 22 October. Value of the five-year contract is stated to be $950 million (€816 million).

Under the contract, awardees will provide technology prototyping, production, sustaining engineering, and additional technology demonstration activities, to support the build of range threat systems for training use.

Leonardo DRS’ EW threat simulators range in size and complexity from hand-held, low cost radar warning receiver (RWR) simulators to full effective radiated power (ERP) fifth-generation digital threats. The product line can be configured or modified to meet specific customer training and operational test and evaluation requirements. Leonardo DRS has the capability to design, manufacture and deliver threat systems to ranges, and provide range integration solutions to meet user requirements.

Leonardo DRS’ Airborne and Intelligence Systems business has more than 50 years in EW pilot/aircrew training experience, with proven range threat system technical competence. Its EW technologies form part of the company’s broader solutions approach to force protection, and its EW threat systems have been rated by operators as reliable, high-fidelity (threat-faithful) systems that are trusted to provide realistic threat replication.

The company produces a range of existing EW threat simulators, including the unmanned threat emitter (UMTE) illustrated here. (Photo: Leonardo DRS)

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