Air Force asks industry for electronic warfare (EW) attack receiver for pedestal-mounted EW training device

June 21, 2023
Component obsolescence has rendered Mini-MUTES legacy electronic counter measures (ECM) receivers no longer useable for the Mini-MUTES modernization.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – U.S. Air Force combat training range experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to design and build a Common Electronic Attack Receiver (CEAR) for AN/MST-T1V Mini-Multiple Threat Emitter System (Mini-MUTES) B-Pedestals.

Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Weapons segment at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, issued a sources-sought notice (FA8210-23-SS-MMCEAR) earlier this month for the Mini-Multiple Treat Emitter System (Mini-MUTES) Common Electronic Attack Receiver (CEAR) project.

The CEAR was developed in 2014 by SRC Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y., to replace the Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) and Unmanned Threat Emitter (UMTE) legacy electronic attack receivers.

Component obsolescence has rendered Mini-MUTES legacy electronic counter measures (ECM) receivers no longer useable and have been replaced with a placeholder ECM receiver for the Mini-MUTES modernization proposal pedestals.

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The system's legacy ECM receiver, all assemblies, subassemblies, and most components are obsolete and cannot be manufactured from existing drawings or materials, and there are no Mini-MUTES B-Pedestals with operational ECM receivers in the field for aircrew training.

The Air Force is trying to find a company to re-engineer and test three developmental Mini-MUTES CEARs, and build 23 production representative articles CEARs for integration into Mini-MUTES B-pedestal for Air Force airborne electronic warfare (EW) training.

The intent is to use existing CEAR electronic circuit cards to design and manufacture a replacement ECM receiver for the Mini-MUTES B-Pedestals to mitigate obsolescence and reinstate EW training capability.

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The intent is to build an ECM receiver to replace the current hardware and software integrated with the redesigned remote emitter unit control processor.

Companies interested should email responses no later than 3 July 2023 to the Air Force's Contracting Officer Heather Ball at [email protected]; Contract Specialist Cyndee Simpson at [email protected]; and Contracting Officer Rebecca Taylor at [email protected].

Each message should refer to Common Electronic Attack Receiver (CEAR) for Mini-MUTES B-Pedestals. More information is online at

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