OBEWSOn Board Electronic Warfare Simulator
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OBEWS is designed to provide F-16 pilots with the capability of in-flight EW training without the necessity of a training range.
While this system successfully proved the value of the OBEWS concept, the Air Force decided to return to an internal approach -- which Sanders had proposed in the original competition with AAI.
In discussions with JED earlier this year, a Sanders source said his company's OBEWS proposal would provide more capabilities than called for in the RFP without adding to the system cost.
OBEWS is designed to enable pilots to rehearse the operation of their EW equipment in the air without having to fly over test ranges or emitters (see "A Range in a Pod," by Hal Gershanoff, JED, May 1989, p.
As anticipated, the Air Force has decided to abandon the pod-mounted configuration of the OBEWS concept demonstration in favor of an internal system using data cartridges.
One company known to be interested in the system is Lockheed Sanders, which integrated OBEWS into its display at the recent 1992 AOC Eglin Chapter Fall Symposium.
Referring to the 10-month delay, he maintains that there was only a three-month delay, and this was intentional, to coincide with the availability of the fiscal 1992 budget next October (the original schedule called for OBEWS contract award in July 1991).
The issue of technical redirection related to the Air Force's broadening of the configuration concept to allow bidders to offer an internal data cartridge for OBEWS instead of the external pod (or shell) version originally used by AAI (see "Range in a Pod," JED, May 1989, p.
One of the more unique examples of this activity is OBEWS. The system is designed to provide an EC training capability by feeding simuated threat signals directly into an aircraft's defensive suite while the plane is in the air -- without the use of training range equipment (although it may be used in conjunction with training ranges).
Martha Williams, OBEWS program manager, reported that Air Force brass accepted the OBEWS concept and approved funding for competitive full-scale development and production.