DCS has a team of dedicated professionals providing systems engineering, software development, avionics integration, and T&E for multiple high-priority DoD Electronic Warfare systems. These systems include:

  • EA-18G Growler (Navy’s newest EW aircraft)
  • Australian RAAF EA-18G (FMS EW aircraft)
  • ALR-67 and APR-39 Radar Warning Receivers
  • ALQ-218 Tactical Jamming Receiver
  • ALQ-167 Threat Simulator
  • H-1 Helicopter’s APR-39C(V)2 Radar Warning Receiver
  • ALE-55 Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy
  • ALQ-214 Integrated Defense ECM (IDECM)
  • High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM)
  • Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM)
  • Anti-Jam Precision Guided Munition (AJPGM)
  • Numerous EW Test Benches and Stations throughout the United States

DCS operates and supports 12 development laboratories at China Lake including the APG-73 Radar Upgrade Spread Bench Laboratory, APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array Laboratory, and E/A‑18G Lab with a full Airborne Electronic Attack Suite. DCS writes system software for the APG-65 and APG-73 radars to include all processor directions for Electronic Countermeasures and Electronic Counter Countermeasures. We test and evaluate threat radar response to EW techniques using radio frequency (RF) generators and jammer pods. We manipulate RF waveforms through models to produce realistic spatial representations to better represent real-world environments including Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses. We support aircraft system flight tests in the NAWCWD Electronic Combat Range (DIADS-type environment).

DCS supports both fixed-wing and rotocraft EW requirements. We supported multiple H-1 software builds, which included the H-1 Helicopter’s APR-39C(V)2 Radar Warning Receiver requirements. We correlated, collected, prepared, and published all Functional Requirements Documents for the initial Next Generation Jammer.

DCS supports open-air testing which provides direct information to fighter pilots as they conduct missions. We conduct tests to ensure that the latest Electronics Intelligence (ELINT) files are properly uploaded to the Command Launch Computer (the Navy’s equivalent of the Air Launcher Interface Computer) and look-up table threats are properly identified in the F/A-18 cockpit upon stimulation. This work entails close coordination with Pt. Mugu engineers who build/update the ELINT MDFs and a deep understanding of the threat waveform parameters to ensure proper parameters are emulated for the feedhorn stimulation. DCS engineers plan and execute the tests and provide feedback so the ELINT files can be corrected.

DCS performs R&D on the latest threat systems and their underlying technologies. We specialize in analysis of RF/MMW hardware including antennas, polarizers, attenuators, waveguides, rotary joints, digital quadrature amplitude modulation, wide bandwidth RF, DRFM delay lines, up/down convertors to X band, and intermediate frequency processing for simulating radar return signals from targets and backgrounds. We instrument and measure desired signals in anechoic chambers and then analyzing the RF/MMW measurements to check transmit waveforms and the quality of stimulating the candidate seekers in response. We identify, analyze, and model key chamber parameters regarding size/attenuation capability at all radar polarizations and add Radar Absorbent Material to exposed test equipment to limit RF multi-static bouncing.


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