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Friday, March 20, 2015

Textron Preflight EW System Tester Selected for F-35

Juliet Van Wagenen

Textron Systems’ Model 527 radar signal simulator
Textron Systems’ Model 527 radar signal simulator. Photo: Textron

[Avionics Today 03-20-2015] Textron’s Model 527TM Radar Signal Simulator has been selected for preflight testing of F-35 Lightning II Electronic Warfare (EW) systems. Under a three-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with Lockheed Martin, the company will provide advanced, handheld radar simulators for EW preflight testing on all variants of the F-35, which is expected to be used by both U.S. and international customers.

The Model 527 is designed for end-of-runway and walk-around preflight testing, to determine the status of installed EW radar warning receiver systems and uses threat modeling software to simulate a variety of possible threats.

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