The U.S. Air Force’s newest electronic attack asset, the EA-37B, is undergoing radio frequency testing at the Benefield Anechoic Facility in preparation for delivery to the 55th Electronic Combat Group. The aircraft, equipped with the Compass Call airborne tactical electronic attack weapon system, is designed to disrupt enemy command and control communications and radar systems as part of the Counter-C5ISRT mission. The EA-37B is expected to assume the designation EA-37B Compass Call in fiscal year 2026 or upon retirement of the EC-130H. This testing is crucial to evaluate and address any anomalies associated with the aircraft’s electronic warfare systems in a controlled electromagnetic environment.
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Introducing the U.S. Air Force’s newest electronic attack asset, the EA-37B. Currently undergoing rigorous radio frequency testing at the Benefield Anechoic Facility, this aircraft is being put through its paces ahead of operational deployment with the 55th Electronic Combat Group. This testing evaluates the aircraft’s Electronic Warfare systems and avionics in a controlled electromagnetic environment, ensuring top-notch performance in the field.
Formerly designated as the EC-37B, the aircraft now proudly bears the moniker EA-37B, reflective of its mission to seek out and eliminate enemy targets. Equipped with the potent Compass Call airborne tactical electronic attack weapon system, this aircraft is set to dominate the skies upon its deployment.
The Compass Call system plays a critical role in the Counter-C5ISRT mission, disrupting adversary communications systems and coordination efforts. As modern warfare becomes increasingly complex, the ability to restrict an adversary’s battlespace coordination and suppress their air defenses is essential for mission success.
For a more in-depth look at the EC-37B Compass Call, check out our detailed report published here at The Aviationist last year.
Fun fact: The Benefield Anechoic Facility, where the EA-37B is undergoing testing, is known for its unique ability to simulate a wide range of electromagnetic environments, making it an essential tool for testing and development of cutting-edge military technology.
Written by Stefano D’Urso
– A master’s student in Aerospace Engineering and a specialist in areas such as Electronic Warfare and military operations.
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