US Air Force Collaborates with BAE Systems on Leading-edge Enhancement to Compass Call Platform
US Air Force Collaborates with BAE Systems on Leading-edge Enhancement to Compass Call Platform

Successful Flight Test of SABER Technology for US Air Force Compass Call Upgrade

BAE Systems successfully flight tested three third-party software applications on its Scalable Adaptive Bank of Electronic Resources (SABER) technology. SABER is the backbone of Compass Call, a next-generation electromagnetic attack weapon system that disrupts enemy command and control communications, radar, and navigation systems. The test flights demonstrated the technology’s agility in delivering advanced electromagnetic warfare capabilities to Compass Call. The hallmark of SABER is its open system architecture that enables the rapid integration of new technology through software updates instead of hardware reconfiguration.

“BAE Systems has been keeping Compass Call ahead of the curve as its prime mission system contractor for more than 20 years,” said Jared Belinsky, director of Electronic Attack Solutions at BAE Systems. “We’re continuously developing technology to help dominate the electromagnetic spectrum and keep our military service members safe.”

It also allows for multiple system upgrades to counter emerging threats. Work on SABER is being conducted at BAE Systems’ state-of-the-art facility in Hudson, N.H. The U.S. Air Force Compass Call Test Team, with support from BAE Systems, tested the new applications. BAE Systems integrated the applications with a non-proprietary SABER software development kit. The successful flight test is leading to the fielding of the SABER capability on the EC-130H. The EC-130H Compass Call mission system is currently being transferred to the Gulfstream G550 business jet, designated the EC-37B.

Teams from both BAE Systems and the U.S. Air Force conducted tests on 11 flights of an EC-130H from Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. The SABER system is a major technological advance – transitioning from hardware to software-based electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) warfare capability for the U.S. Air Force and its Compass Call weapon system. The system is built on a suite of software defined radios using an open system architecture and will provide the backbone of the EC-37B’s operating system. Additional SABER testing in 2021 will focus on simultaneity of engagement capacity, dynamic resource sharing, rapid integration, and operation of multiple additional applications. Work on SABER is being conducted at BAE Systems’ state-of-the-art facility in Hudson, N.H.