BAE Systems has delivered the final set of key components for the first US Air Force (USAF) EC-37B Compass Call aircraft.
Completion of this milestone marks the completion of system component design and testing.
This delivery also contributed to operational and development flight testing in the Compass Call Base Configuration 3, which will provide additional electronic warfare (EW) capabilities to aircraft.
The tests are expected to take place in January next year.
Interim commissioning efforts will contribute to the conclusion of testing by mid-2024.
Work on Compass Call is underway at the company’s facility in San Diego, CA; and Nashua and Hudson, New Hampshire, USA.
Jared Belinsky, Director of Electronic Attack (EA) Solutions, BAE Systems, said, “Since the program’s inception, BAE Systems has consistently delivered advanced functionality for Compass Call.
“This latest hardware delivery for the first EC-37B aircraft ensures an upgrade that will continue to outpace our opponents.”
Originally designed for the EC-130H airframe model, the Compass Call system is being modified for use with the EC-37B business jet airframe.
The EC-37B is the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) only long-range, full-spectrum EW jamming aircraft.
Compass Call from BAE Systems is an airborne EA system that disrupts enemy navigation systems, command and control, communications and radar.
The system also blocks the transmission of information between adversaries and its weapon systems and control networks.
The company recently tested three different third-party apps on Compass Call’s Small Adaptive Bank of Electronic Resource (SABER) technology.
SABER is an open system architecture that supports the rapid integration of new technologies through software updates, without the need to reconfigure hardware.