US Air Force names Leonardo DRS for Range IDIQ Support Effort (RISE) electronic warfare threat systems for combat training contract.
Press Release, Arlington, 22 October 2021: Leonardo DRS announced today that it has been awarded a position on a US Air Force contract to build range electronic warfare threat systems for combat training, under the Range Indefinite-delivery/Indefinite-quantity Support Effort (RISE). The contract is worth up to $950 million over five years.
Under the contract, awardees will provide technology prototyping, production, sustaining engineering, and additional technology demonstration activities to support the build of range threat systems for training use.
The company’s electronic warfare threat simulators range in size and complexity from hand-held, low cost radar warning receiver (RWR) simulators, to full effective radiated power (ERP) fifth generation digital threats.
“Leonardo DRS is proud to be selected as part of the RISE programme to help the US Air Force bring the needed high fidelity, advanced threat systems, capabilities and support to their combat training ranges,” said Larry Ezell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business. “Providing systems that allow the warfighter to train like they will fight in future combat increases the survivability of Joint, Air Force and partner nation aircrews,” he said.
The product line can be configured or modified to meet specific customer training and operational test and evaluation requirements. Leonardo DRS has the capability to design, manufacture and deliver threat systems to ranges, and provide range integration solutions to meet user requirements.
The Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business has more than 50 years of electronic warfare pilot/aircrew training experience with proven range threat system technical competence. That experience continues today with innovative, industry-leading electronic warfare technology.
The Leonardo DRS electronic warfare technologies are part of the company’s broader warfighter protection technologies. These electronic warfare threat systems have been rated by operators as reliable, high fidelity (threat-faithful) systems that are trusted to provide realistic threat replication.