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Northrop Grumman Supplying Air Force With AWACS Simulators

The system provides navigation and pulse data generated from customized scenarios.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to supply the Air Force with simulator systems to train crews on Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

Northrop Grumman is to deliver the Combat Electromagnetic Environment Simulator (CEESIM) system to Tinker Air Force Base Avionics Integration Support Facility (AISF), located in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The CEESIM provides navigation and pulse data generated from customized scenarios, Northrop says. It enables ASIF software engineers to model a real-world environment and to test software changes by injecting pulses into the avionics hardware, the company says.

“The flexibility of the AWACS CEESIM system allows for adaptation to a wide variety of both system-under-test and existing laboratory external control interfaces,” said Joe Downie, Northrop Grumman’s Amherst Systems business unit president. “This flexibility provides a cost-effective transition from the existing simulator to a state-of-the-art, supportable, modern simulator capability, in support of fifth-generation electronic warfare systems.”

The AWACS CEESIM system will replace a multiple environment simulator system that has been operating at Tinker Air Force Base for 14 years. The simulator also demonstrates the CEESIM versatility allowing for direct stimulation using radio frequency, intermediate frequency and digital outputs.