General Atomics and Northrop Grumman today announced the second successful demonstration of Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper's Electronic Attack capability featuring Northrop Grumman's new Pandora Electronic Warfare (EW) system at the U.S. Marine Corps' (USMC) Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course held at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma.
"Our collaboration with the Marine Corps and Northrop Grumman demonstrates the operational flexibility of the Predator B from being primarily a counter-insurgency aircraft to a platform that can address a broader spectrum of operational requirements," said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI.
The purpose of this second demonstration was to evaluate the capability of a RPA to conduct electronic warfare missions in concert with other unmanned aircraft systems and EA-6B Prowlers in a multi-node approach against a more capable Integrated Air Defense System (IADS). The event expanded upon GA-ASI and Northrop Grumman's successes in last April's WTI exercise and focused on delivering a more integrated and networked EW capability.
GA-ASI participated in the demonstration with a company-owned Predator B RPA equipped with a company-produced jamming pod containing Northrop Grumman's Pandora EW System and controlled by a GA-ASI Ground Control Station (GCS). The Northrop Grumman payload proved to be very effective and was integrated seamlessly with the Predator B avionics and command and control architecture.
Northrop Grumman's Pandora is a multi-function wideband solution that provides electronic attack, support and protection. The lightweight, low-power system includes a flexible architecture to meet emerging needs and supports open interfaces to enable integration and interoperability.
The RPA was able to integrate into a Marine Command and Control (C2) network, enabling control of the aircraft's EW payload and other assets with a higher level of coherency among the platforms to deliver effects across the Electro-magnetic Spectrum (EMS).
This C2 capability was exercised from the Cyber/Electronic Warfare Coordination Cell (CEWCC) located at MCAS Yuma and supported a large aircraft strike package which addressed simulated targets located hundreds of miles north at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.