Canada selects Textron’s A2PATS for new electronic warfare threat simulator

2 June 2016 (Last Updated June 2nd, 2016 18:30)

The Government of Canada has selected Textron Systems's advanced architecture phase amplitude and time simulator (A2PATS) for its new electronic warfare threat simulator (NEWTS) programme.

The Government of Canada has selected Textron Systems's advanced architecture phase amplitude and time simulator (A2PATS) for its new electronic warfare threat simulator (NEWTS) programme.

Textron's (A2PATS) is an advanced electromagnetic environment simulator that offers electronic warfare (EW), communications and electronic intelligence capabilities, thus providing performance and flexibility in verifying EW systems.

It makes precise location identification possible, and enables targeting of all ground-based and surface-to-air missile threats.

"By leveraging the A2PATS system components, the NEWTS becomes a state-of-the-art system on the forefront of electronic warfare simulation technology."

With a plug-and-play modular design, the A2PATS generates high-fidelity threat emitters in a high-density environment.

The open architecture simulator uses identical phase-coherent, direct-digital synthetic stimulus instruments (SSI) as the radio frequency (RF) source for all signals.

It distributes multiple RF synthesisers in a modular and expandable system.

Textron Systems senior vice-president and general manager Steve Mensh said: "By leveraging the A2PATS system components, the NEWTS becomes a state-of-the-art system on the forefront of electronic warfare simulation technology designed for rapid enhancement and upgrades for future threat requirements."

Using A2PATS for its NEWTS, the government can reduce the system's logistical footprint and lifecycle costs, while maximising its availability.

Canada's Department of National Defence will use the NEWTS to replace the Advanced Multiple Environment Simulator II (AMES II) system installed at the Canadian Forces Air Warfare Centre (CFAWC), Electronic Warfare Operation Support (EWOS) unit in Ottawa.