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Textron Systems A2PATS Selected for F-35 EW Simulation Testing

A2PATS selected for simulation testing of the F-35 LIGHTNING II electronic warfare (EW) systems

Textron Systems Electronic Systems, a Textron business, announced today that its Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator (A2PATS) has been competitively selected for simulation testing of the F-35 LIGHTNING II electronic warfare (EW) systems. Under a contract with Lockheed Martin, Textron Systems will provide complex threat simulation capability in the F-35 Norwegian, Italian Reprogramming Lab (NIRL) located at Eglin Air Force base, supporting international partners.

The F-35 NIRL will utilise the A2PATS’ unique capabilities to develop and validate aircraft software requirements. The A2PATS is recognised for providing industry-leading simulation capabilities in an affordable, modular and reconfigurable system. The A2PATS direct port architecture provides complete modularity, reduced life cycle costs and maximum system availability. It is ready to test well inside 30 minutes from a daily cold start, with every signal, across all frequencies and dynamic ranges, correctly aligned in frequency, phase, amplitude and time.

The A2PATS is an advanced electromagnetic environment simulator incorporating electronic warfare, communications and electronic intelligence capabilities. Its environment facilitates the testing of precision location, identification and defensive systems against virtually all ground-based and airborne threats. The Textron Systems A2PATS is an advanced technology open architecture simulator that distributes multiple RF synthesizers in a modular and expandable system.

The F-35 is one of the world’s most advanced tactical aircraft, designed to deliver powerful new capabilities to the warfighter,”  Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve T. Mensh, said. “Our A2PATS gives the F-35 community the confidence needed to validate mission-critical electronic warfare systems.”

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