Boeing has signed a USD50 million contract with BAE Systems to start the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) for the US Air Force. The electronic warfare (EW) and countermeasures system provides advanced electromagnetic capabilities that protect pilots and help them maintain air superiority during their toughest missions
Jerry Wohletz, vice president and general manager of Electronic Combat Solutions at BAE Systems said, “The start of EPAWSS production marks a critical milestone and is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our industry team. Our technology is cutting-edge, our factories are world-class, and our people are innovative and mission-focused.”
The all-digital EPAWSS enables pilots to monitor, jam, and deceive threats in contested airspace. The system combines multispectral sensors and countermeasures, industry-leading signal processing, microelectronics, and intelligent algorithms to deliver fully integrated radar warning, situational awareness, geolocation, and self-protection capabilities.
The successful completion of a series of rigorous flight tests, ground tests, and intensive technology demonstrations led to the US Air Force decision to proceed with LRIP. During the program’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase, BAE Systems is delivering incremental updates to the EPAWSS flight software with new geolocation and threat identification capabilities. As a result, system performance continues to improve in ground/flight test and in dense signal environments in hardware-in-the-loop (HiTL) tests at the US Air Force’s Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory.
“I’m proud of the overall team for their incredible effort on this program,” said F-15 EPAWSS program manager Lt Col Dan Carroll. “The LRIP milestone is the culmination of years of hard work by a lot of great people within the government and our Boeing and BAE Systems industry partners. EPAWSS will significantly improve the survivability and utility of the F-15, and will be a great complement to what is already a very capable and lethal aircraft.”
BAE Systems has also demonstrated EPAWSS’ hardware maturity and manufacturing readiness. In anticipation of EPAWSS LRIP and other critical EW production needs, the company has invested more than USD 100 million in world-class EW laboratories and factories, and has grown its workforce of innovative, mission-focused experts.