EC-37B Compass Call makes its maiden flight

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The proposed replacement for the US Air Force’s EC-130H Compass Call aircraft recently made its maiden flight.

L3Harris Technologies is working with an industry team to integrate the Compass Call EW system aboard the modern Gulfstream G550 business jet.

The G550 has increased speed, endurance and safety distance compared to the older EC-130H aircraft, providing significantly improved survivability. L3Harris is supporting the initial modification efforts at the Gulfstream facility where the first flight took place.

The system features a modular open system architecture, which enables rapid integration of new technology and reduces the overall cost of future upgrades. Its size, weight and power allow customers to add new capabilities for evolving mission needs.

“The Air Force‘s cross-deck initiative allows it to continue its critical electronic warfare mission for many years to come,” said Luke Savoie, president, Aviation Services, L3Harris. “Our collaboration with our teammates BAE Systems and Gulfstream will allow the Air Force to stay ahead of its adversaries and counter emerging technologies. “

The Air Force Compass Call program has been in operation for 40 years. The EC-130H fleet is the Air Force’s longest continuously deployed aircraft in the global war on terror, serving as a key electronic warfare platform since 2002.



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