Aeroflex MK12A IFF Mode 5 Test Set Approved for Test by DoD

WICHITA, KS, April 4, 2011

Aeroflex, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), announced today that the Aeroflex APM-424(V)5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Portable Test Set has received an Approved for Test notification from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) AIMS International Program Office. This approval authorizes IFF end users and customers to utilize the APM-424(V)5 in their platform integration and validation efforts. The APM-424(V)5 is a portable MK12A Mode 5 Level 2 test set with KIV-77 support that has been designated as approved for test by the DoD AIMS Program Office.

The new APM-424(V)5 replaces the AN/APM-424(V)3, TS-4530, and TS-4530-1. For customers with existing test sets, Mode 5 upgrade kits are available. Upgraded units can be used with current technical orders/technical manuals.

Mode 5 Tester Lightweight and Configurable

IFF Mode 5 is a cryptographic identification system that enables military and international interrogation systems to distinguish friendly aircraft, vehicles, or forces and determine their bearing and range from the interrogator. As Mode 5 is deployed, newly installed transponders and interrogators require initial commissioning tests followed by routine pre-mission tests.

The Aeroflex APM-424(V)5 is a lightweight flight-line test set for noncommercial, pre-mission testing of IFF transponders and interrogators. It tests the latest development in secure IFF Mode 5. Levels 1 and 2 are crypto-secure with enhanced encryption, spread spectrum, modulation, and time-of-day authentication.

The APM-424(V)5’s transponder test mode verifies Mode 5 code load and mission/platform parameters. The interrogator test mode verifies Mode 5 code load and correct decoding of mission/platform parameters. The test set also supports Mode S for military air transport aircraft EHS/ELS and ADS-B. With removable housings, the APM-424(V)5 will support both the KIV-77 and KIV-78 crypto appliqués, allowing the test set to be configured to the needs of its users. The current Approval for Test authorizes use for the KIV-77 adapter; the KIV-78 adapter currently is in development with AIMS certification forthcoming.

Price and availability

Delivery for the APM-424(V)5 or the upgrade kit is eight weeks, pending option configuration confirmed at time of order. Both can be purchased from Aeroflex or via the General Services Administration.

For specific pricing, contact an Aeroflex sales representative at 800-853-2352 or [email protected].

About Aeroflex

Aeroflex is a leading global provider of microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment used by companies in the space, avionics, defense, commercial wireless communications, medical, and other markets.

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