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Raytheon awarded Next-Gen Jammer contract

08 July 2013

The Next Generation Jammer is being developed to replace the 1960s-era AN/ALQ-99, seen here being carried on the underwing pylons of two US Navy Boeing EA-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft. (Boeing)The Next Generation Jammer is being developed to replace the 1960s-era AN/ALQ-99, seen here being carried on the underwing pylons of two US Navy Boeing EA-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft. (Boeing)

The US Navy has awarded Raytheon a USD279.4 million technology demonstration (TD) contract to develop the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) for the Boeing EA-18G growler electronic attack aircraft, the service announced on 8 July.

In securing the TD contract to develop a replacement for the incumbent Northrop Grumman AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system, Raytheon beat off competition from BAE Systems, ITT Electronic Systems, and Northrop Grumman.

The 22-month TD phase is the next step in transitioning mature components into testable subsystems as well as developing a preliminary design for the new jamming pods for the EA-18G Growler. Once this TD phase is complete, the NGJ programme will enter into a four-and-a-half-year engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase ahead of fielding in around 2020.



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