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Aeroflex IFF Mode 5 Test Set receives full DoD AIMS Certification for KIV-77 and KIV-78 support

by david.nunes












13 February 2012


Aeroflex IFF Mode 5 Test Set receives Full DoD AIMS Certification

for KIV-77 and KIV-78 support


The only Mode 5 test set that allows KIV-77 and KIV-78 support in one box


            Wichita, Kansas, USA—13 February 2012—Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), announced today that the Aeroflex APM-424(V)5 IFF MK XIIA Mode 5 portable test set has received full certification from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) AIMS International Program Office to support both AIMS 04-900A Option A (KIV-78) and Option B (KIV-77) crypto appliqués.

            With the latest AIMS certification, Aeroflex’s Mode 5 test set has resolved all previous exceptions, including support for burst mode interrogators, and is in full compliance with DoD AIMS 03-1000A performance standards for Mark XIIA performance and ICAO Annex 10 international standards for Mode S ELS/EHS performance for ramp testing of IFF transponders and interrogators. 

            “The AIMS certification is a key milestone for us. The Aeroflex Mode 5 test set, supporting both KIV-77 and KIV-78, allows our customers to avoid costs by eliminating the need for additional test equipment, logistics, training, and risk,” said Guy Hill, Director, Avionics Business Unit, Aeroflex Test Solutions.


Support for Option A (KIV-) and Option B (KIV-77) reduces cost, maintenance

            The APM-424(V)5 COMSEC interface easily accommodates both Option A (KIV-78) and Option B (KIV-77) crypto appliqués in a single test set.  This will allow operators to use a crypto that is common to their platform and avoid the logistics and costs associated with acquiring additional test sets and difficult-to-obtain cryptographic devices.

            The Aeroflex APM-424(V)5 maintains the same familiar menu structure and operation, to accommodate the use of existing procedures for legacy modes.  KIV-6 support is also accommodated via the KIV-78 adapter.


About the APM-424(V)5 IFF Mode 5 test set

            IFF Mode 5 is a cryptographic identification system that enables interrogation systems to distinguish friendly aircraft, vehicles, or forces.

            The Aeroflex APM-424(V)5 verifies Mode 5 code load and mission/platform parameters. The test set also supports Mode S for military air transport aircraft EHS/ELS.  The APM-424(V)5 replaces the APM-424(V)3, TS-4530/UPM,  TS-4530-1 and TS-4542.  Mode 5 upgrade kits are available for existing test sets.



For more information, contact your local Aeroflex sales office by visiting or calling Aeroflex Sales at (800) 835-2352 [US], +44 (0)1438 742200 [UK] or info-test@aeroflex.com.


About Aeroflex

Aeroflex Incorporated is a leading global provider of high performance 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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