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The Virtual Electronic Combat Training System (VECTS) provides U.S. aircrews with inflight electronic warfare (EW) training by simulating realistic threats on an aircraft’s built-in EW warning system. Developed at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, VECTS’ advantages include the ability to test equipment functionality and aircrew readiness under many different threat scenarios, along with the convenience and cost savings of not requiring a ground range to perform EW test simulations. A new version called VECTS+ includes full multiship functionality — the ability for two or more aircraft to train together realistically regardless of their physical locations.

 — Rick Robinson

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