IFF Tester

Identification friend or foe (IFF) is a radar-based identification system designed for command and control. It uses a transponder that listens for an interrogation signal and then sends a response that identifies the broadcaster. Captronics IFF tester is an comprehensive product to test different types of IFF systems supporting several standard modes like 1,2, 3/A, C, S, 4²,ELS, EHS and 5².

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What is Identification Friend & Foe (IFF)?

With the invention of anti-aircraft guns and missiles which could be fired from a long range, pilot were facing decisive moments, that when during the second world war first IFF systems were discovered. IFF system enables military and civilian air traffic control interrogation systems to identify aircraft, vehicles, or forces as friendly and to determine their bearing and range from the interrogator. The interrogator sends a coded signal to aircraft, the IFF transponder picks up the signal the signal and send back a response mentioning itself as friendly.

About Captronics IFF Tester:

IFF systems perform extremely critical application of identification of aircrafts as friendly or not, so it becomes extremely crucial for testing the transponders and interrogators for their functionality also to check their operations under dynamic RF environment parameters like Pathloss, Antenna Pattern, Delay, Range, Doppler, Multipath. Captronics IFF Tester works under various operations modes like Transponder, Interrogator/TCAS etc. along with transponder modes like 1,2, 3/A, C, S, 4², ELS, EHS and 5².

Key Features of  IFF Tester

RANGE OF OPERATION

Captronics IFF tester can work in various operations mode and transponder modes.

HIGH END SIMULATION

Simulation of various dynamic RF environment parameters included.

 

PORTABILITY

Both portable and handheld models are available for Lab and on-field testing.

CUSTOMIZATION

Any specific user defined test can be added to the modular and scalable hardware, software platforms.

Specification Overview (Lab Model DS-L-01A/B/C) :

Transmitter:

  • Number of channels: 2
  • Sum & Delta Enabled Configurable: Yes
  • Frequency Range: 9KHz-6GHz
  • Frequency step: <1 kHz
  • Maximum output power: +5 dBm to +18 dBm
  • Real-Time Bandwidth: 1 GHz
  • Pulse Width: 2ns (min)

Receiver:

  • Number of channels: 2
  • Sum & Delta Enabled Configurable: Yes
  • Frequency Range: 9KHz-6GHz
  • Frequency step: <1 kHz
  • Maximum output power: +15 dBm to +30 dBm
  • Real-Time Bandwidth: 1 GHz
  • Pulse Width: 2ns (min

Operational Modes: Transponder, Interrogator/TCAS, ADS-B, DME, TACAN, Beacon

Transponder Modes: 1,2, 3/A, C, S, 4²,ELS, EHS and 5²

Transponder Modulation: DPSK, BPSK, Others

Interrogator Modes: 1,2, 3/A, C, S, 4², 5², TCAS & ETCAS, Shipboard Processor

TACAN Modes: A/A, G/A and A/A Beacon

Measurement Receiver:

Receiver Sensitivity, Receiver Bandwidth, Receiver Dynamic Range, Receiver Frequency stability, Phase Differential Measurements, Tx Frequency stability, Pulse Peak Power, Pulse Repetition Period (ms), Output Power Mode and PRF Stability and many more.

Simulation Characteristics:

High-Density Signal Environment: FRUIT, Garble, Synchronous Garble Synchronization Pulse, NM, ACP, Trigger/Sync, Radar Scan Converter

Dynamic RF Environment: Pathloss, Antenna Pattern, Delay, Range, Doppler, Multipath, Frequency offset, Rain Fade, Noise

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