July 6, 2009
LONDON –– Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) held its third annual conference for users of its Combat Electromagnetic Environment Simulator (CEESIM) systems for the testing and evaluation of airborne, naval and land electronic warfare systems. The conference has been established as a forum for constructive dialogue with user groups aimed at keeping them updated about system developments and identifying potential opportunities for improving system performance and customer service.
More than 40 military and civilian personnel from the UK, German and Italian user community were in attendance. A team of specialists in all aspects of CEESIM engineering and support from Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems also joined the conference. The conference was held in Peterborough in early June 2009.
“Aircraft defensive aid systems are a vital part of the modern battlefield environment and being able to test these electronic warfare systems in accurately simulated combat conditions is critical to mission performance,” said John Stanfill, president of Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems. “This conference provides an opportunity for us to meet as an international user community with the common goal of ensuring we have the best technology available to help protect the warfighter. This is an important opportunity for us to hear directly from frontline users about their operational experience and to learn where system improvements could be made.”
The Northrop Grumman CEESIM system is an industry-leading, advanced technology simulator, which generates complex dynamic electromagnetic environments to simulate true-to-war conditions, enabling military specialists to test and evaluate the performance of advanced electronic warfare systems such as radar warning receivers and electronic countermeasures and signals intelligence systems.
The principal UK users of the CEESIM system are the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington, BAE Systems and Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems. International users in attendance also included EADS Deutschland GmbH, Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A. and Elettronica S.p.A.
Northrop Grumman’s CEESIM is currently used to support a variety of international aircraft including Typhoon, Tornado, Nimrod, Global Hawk, MRA-4, Harrier, AWACS and Apache. The company was selected last year to supply CEESIM systems for the A400M.
In addition to CEESIM, attendees were briefed on the Signal Measurement System, the IR/EO based Realtime IR/EO Scene Simulator and the CEESIM-based Joint Threat Emitter (JTE), a ground-based, electronic warfare system selected for use by the U.S. Air Force for use on all their electronic warfare training ranges. JTE is able to use any threat data developed on CEESIM systems. Along with product briefings, product demonstrations were also given at a special half day session.
Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems produces deployable radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) frequency simulators for use on test and training ranges at military installations worldwide. Its RF and IR simulators test the world’s most advanced electronic warfare warning systems, infrared/ultraviolet missile approach sensors and radar-warning receivers and jamming systems. These simulators are in use internationally, not only in the UK, Germany, and Italy, but also in Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, Sweden, Finland, Norway, France and other NATO countries.
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