Air Force tests F-15E at Edwards AFB

Air Force Materiel Command has announced the F-15E Eagle fleet is currently undergoing critical electronic warfare testing at the Benefield Anechoic Facility (BAF) at Edwards Air Force Base, California, the company said.

This F-15E is outfitted with the Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS). The EPAWSS is an integrated digital avionics system designed to protect the F-15E Eagle against enemy air defense systems.

The testing is a collaborative effort among the F-15 System Program Office (SPO) at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, the 96th Test Wing´s 46th Test Squadron at Eglin AFB in Florida, the 412th Test Wing´s 412th Electronic Warfare Group´s 772nd Test Squadron at Edwards and contractors, Boeing and BAE Systems.

The EPAWSS takes advantages of today´s computing, receiver and transmitter technologies to provide a quicker, smarter response to the threats and better actionable information to the pilot, said Ed Sabat, Project Development Lead and Civilian Director of Operations, 772nd Test Squadron.

The first of multiple test phases at the BAF was completed in April 2019. The ongoing tests are required to collect the data to establish the integration of the EPAWSS radar and missile warning capabilities and the electronic counter measures ECM onto the F-15E platform, added Sabat.

The EPAWSS is designed to provide indication, type and position of ground-based RF threats as well as bearing of airborne threats with the situational awareness needed to avoid, engage or negate the threat. The EPAWSS defends against RF and IR threat systems detecting or acquiring accurate targeting information prior to threat engagement thus complicating and/or negating an enemy threat targeting solution. The system counters threats through its suite of components with electro optical and RF techniques.

The BAF´s capabilities include a suite of simulators and emulators to provide such signal types as EW, CNI, data links, radar, and radar returns.