Aug 17, 2017: Lockheed Martin’s Tactical Mission System for the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the AN/APR-52 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), lately received Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 6 assessment following a successful demonstration at the U.S. Air Force Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
The Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory is a division of the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory and focusing in the evaluation of electronic warfare technology by offering high fidelity simulations in significant threat environments, similar to what the system will see in actual combat and specific regions of the world, representing major risk reduction for the program.
“Although extensive contractor testing was previously conducted on the AN/APR-52 RWR, the USAF laboratory provides a unique capability that allows high-fidelity demonstration of the system in a true operational environment. The successful demonstration is a key milestone to ensure the system will meet the needs of the warfighter. The complete electronic warfare suite will significantly improve detection of current and emerging threats which increases the survivability of the HH-60W,” said Bob Adams, Lockheed Martin Electronic Warfare Programs director.
The Lockheed Martin AN/APR-52 RWR is an all-digital, four-channel radar warning receiver. It is designed to process a large number of signals at the same time to more quickly and precisely identify threats to the aircrew. The AN/APR-52 RWR provides a high chance of detection for modern and emerging threats in very dense signal environments.
“The APR-52 represents a significant leap in radar warning performance for rotary wing aircraft,” said Tim Healy, Sikorsky CRH program director. “We are excited about its entry into service, and this highly successful demonstration significantly increases the confidence in our schedule.”