Aerial WarfareMilitary Videos

BAE Systems’ EPAWSS for F-15 Aircraft Completes Operational Testing

108
×

BAE Systems’ EPAWSS for F-15 Aircraft Completes Operational Testing

Share this article
BAE Systems' EPAWSS for F-15 Aircraft Completes Operational Testing
BAE Systems' EPAWSS for F-15 Aircraft Completes Operational Testing

The U.S. Air Force recently completed Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) of the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), validating the game-changing capabilities BAE Systems’ advanced system brings to the F-15. EPAWSS provides critical electronic warfare (EW) capabilities for the F-15E Strike Eagle and F-15EX Eagle II aircraft. EPAWSS provides instantaneous full-spectrum EW capabilities—including radar warning, geolocation, situational awareness, and self-protection. The system enables freedom of maneuver and deeper penetration into battlespaces protected by modern integrated air defense systems. BAE Systems executes the EPAWSS program at its facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Austin, Texas, actively producing EPAWSS hardware in support of F-15EX new-aircraft production and F-15E aircraft fleet modifications.

BAE Systems’ AN/ALQ-250 Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) protects U.S. Air Force F-15s with digital electronic warfare technology to maximize mission effectiveness and survivability in highly contested environments. BAE Systems’ advanced EPAWSS technology provides pilots with maximum situational awareness, helping them detect, identify, and rapidly respond to potential threats by collecting and processing electromagnetic energy, instantaneously creating a comprehensive, 360-degree picture of the battlespace. EPAWSS has broad instantaneous bandwidth and a high-speed scan capability to detect all RF threat classes, including low probability of intercept and modern agile threats. To defeat threats, its ECM toolbox leverages many years of proven countermeasures techniques and can be programmed to defeat both current and future threats.

511 Tactical
Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) Testing Readies F-15E for Future
An F-15E Eagle is suspended from the ceiling at the Benefield Anechoic Facility during its first phase of testing of the Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) at Edwards Air Force Base, California, May 8, 2019. A testing phase began recently and is currently under way. (Air Force photo by Ethan “Evac” Wagner)

EPAWSS was designed for upgradeability and rapid capability insertion. We’re using agile software development to provide iterative upgrades to fielded EW systems—allowing our customers to defeat future electromagnetic threats,” said Amy Nesbitt, EPAWSS program manager at BAE Systems.

“Our close collaboration with the U.S. Air Force allows us to mature EPAWSS cognitive processing capabilities. By incrementally testing and fielding cognitive EW solutions to proven systems such as EPAWSS, we are enabling tactical spectrum overmatch against advanced threats that are unpredictable, evolving, and adaptable,” said Chip Mosle, program director at BAE Systems.

“EPAWSS is a leap in technology, improving the lethality and combat capabilities of the F-15E and F-15EX in contested, degraded environments against advanced threats. EPAWSS has set the baseline for EW within the fighter community.,” said Maj Bryant “Jager” Baum, EPAWSS Test Director for the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center (AFOTEC).

BAE Systems supported AFOTEC in executing EPAWSS IOT&E and is now in the process of producing and fielding one of the world’s most advanced EW systems, improving the F-15’s ability to conduct combat missions. The company is working closely with Boeing and the U.S. Air Force to enhance the system’s discriminating EW capabilities, including the use of cognitive EW as demonstrated during the Northern Edge 2023 (NE23) large force exercise test event. The NE23 event tested EPAWSS’ ability to rapidly respond to previously unencountered electromagnetic threats. The tests challenged the system’s ability to process in-mission sensor data, create exquisite techniques, and optimize waveforms in real time. Furthermore, the NE23 environment challenged the system to execute the tasks in a dense, unpredictable electromagnetic spectrum at a theater-exercise level.

BAE Systems’ Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) for the F-15E Strike Eagle and F-15EX Eagle II aircraft completes Initial Operational Testing & Evaluation, validating the game-changing electronic warfare capabilities it brings to the U.S. Air Force.
BAE Systems’ Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) for the F-15E Strike Eagle and F-15EX Eagle II aircraft completes Initial Operational Testing & Evaluation, validating the game-changing electronic warfare capabilities it brings to the U.S. Air Force. (Photo by BAE Systems)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *