Military Embedded Systems

EW testing progresses on F-15 EPAWSS upgrade


April 17, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Kobialka

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. The U.S. Air Force's F-15E Eagle aircraft fleet is currently undergoing critical electronic warfare (EW) testing at the Benefield Anechoic Facility (BAF) on Edwards Air Force Base in southern California.

A Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle fitted with the BAE Systems Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) electronic defensive aids system -- an integrated digital avionics system designed to protect the F-15E Eagle against enemy air defense systems, according to Jon Danner, F-15 Division Test Manager at Air Force Life Cycle Management Center -- is going through rounds of testing at the BAF.

Danner also explained that the current EW self-protection suite on the F-15E Eagle uses analog technology dating back to the 1970s designed for combat operations in environments that in turn were defended by 1980s-era radar-based ground and air threats. Today's emerging threat environment is much more diverse, complex, Danner said, adding that the aging technology is becoming more difficult and expensive to support.


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