UMTEUnmanned Threat Emitter
UMTEUpdate of the Mid Term Evaluation (European Policies Research Centre; UK)
UMTEUrban Minority Teacher Education (Florida)
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The UMTE and other systems overhauled by Tobyhanna are an important part of providing realistic Electronic Warfare training to all branches of the U.S.
He tasked two depot employees to become UMTE subject matter experts; they joined forces with Tobyhanna's engineering representatives to develop this new depot-level capability.
Army, Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) systems, Electronic Attack (EA) receivers for the Unmanned Threat Emitter (UMTE) systems, and is currently developing a new EA receiver for the Joint Threat Emitter (ITE) system.
However, while the air-check program primarily uses a MUTES/TRAINS pair, not all ranges have these, so the Air Force is adding ECM receivers to two of the newer threat simulators on combat-training ranges: M3P and UMTE. The post-mission ECM analysis used to evaluate the effectiveness of airborne lamming systems, however, will be less thorough than the in-depth parametric analysis accomplished by TRAINS, but these ECM receivers will fill a critical shortfall in ensuring the combat effectiveness of ECM systems.
If successful, it could be used as a stand-alone IR/UV threat system, or due to its small size, it could be mounted on, and pointed by current RF threats such as UMTE or Mini MUTES.
According to Paul McGillick, manager of EW marketing for Sierra Technology, the Air Force, House and Senate have just signed a $28-million modernization program for the UMTE. The upgrade will add new threats to the system database, new receivers, night-vision cameras and a better computer.
Sierra Technology has actually proved the concept in a recent demonstration with an UMTE system.
Alongside the ASET upgrades, the Air Force's UMTE will also be adding night-vision and "double-digit" technology.
Currently, the USAF has up to 25 of the UMTE systems, and this contract calls for the delivery of several additional units, the exact number of which could not be released.
Like the UMTE, it operates in a master/slave configuration: its remote emitter units can replicate up to 10 RF threat signals.
UMTE's cousin is the AN/MST-T1(V) Mini-MUTES system, now undergoing qualification testing.
Called the Aircraft Survivability Equipment Trainer (ASET) IV, the system uses technology developed by LTV for the Air Force's UMTE program.