EA-18G and F-35 Drive Demand for Key Electronic Warfare Simulator Program

By Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The U.S. Navy’s EW Simulator Development program will receive steady funding over the next several years. For 2016, $30.6 million will be spent on the effort that advances training technologies for the EA-18G Growler and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. For 2017, $25.5 million has been allocated for the program.

The EA-18G and F-35 will be produced in growing numbers over the next several years. These platforms will require constant testing and evaluation to ensure that their electronic warfare systems will be able to protect the aircraft from both current and future threats.

The EW Simulator Development program develops simulation facilities and approaches that will allow planners to evaluate the effectiveness of EW systems in real-world engagement situations and to introduce modern, effective systems into naval aviation.

Current and emerging EW systems that directly benefit from the EW Simulator Development effort include the ALR-67 radar warning receiver, the ALQ-214 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures suite, and the Next Generation Jammer, among many others.

Based on an estimated projection of the FY16 U.S. defense budget, $209 million will likely be spent on the program through 2025.

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