MTC, Northrop partner on Air Force threat simulator

MTC Technologies Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corp. have won a two-year, $19.3 million Air Force contract to build the new joint threat emitter training system that can simulate the latest worldwide aerial threats.

The JTE is a high-fidelity system that will train combat crews to defeat or avoid surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery radar, as well as enemy integrated air defense systems by realistically simulating those threats in a war-like training environment.

The initial order is for six JTE systems and accompanying technical data, with potential options for additional systems, technology upgrades and interim contractor support.

As the prime contractor on the project, MTC will provide engineering, logistics, and parts supply support. The Dayton, Ohio, company also will provide training in the operation and maintenance of the system and develop the USAF Integrated Electronic Technical Manual for long-term maintenance.

The JTE System was designed by Northrop Grumman's Amherst Systems unit, and will be manufactured at the company's facility in Buffalo, N.Y.

The first preproduction JTE simulator was installed at Saylor Creek Air Combat Range at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and has successfully trained F-15, F-16 and A-10 aircrews.

MTC Technologies ranks No. 55 on Washington Technology's 2007 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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