The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and US Navy (USN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly develop the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer-Medium Band (NGJ-MB) capability.
The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra said in a 2 November statement that the MOU, which was signed on 18 October at US Pacific Fleet Headquarters in Pearl Harbour, provides the framework for communication, co-ordination and co-operation between the US Navy and the RAAF during the NGJ-MB engineering and manufacturing development phase.
The Next Generation Jammer is set to replace the legacy AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system and thus enhance the airborne electronic attack capabilities of the RAAF’s and USN’s EA-18G Growler aircraft.
“This is a very important milestone for both nations, one that took four years of communication and collaboration to successfully achieve,” Australian Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies was quoted in the statement as saying.
“As this is a rapidly evolving area, we will work in partnership with the US Navy to develop the next-generation jamming capability, which will ensure that our aircraft remain at the technological forefront throughout their service life,” he added.
Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne had announced in early March that her country would invest AUD250 million (USD190 million) to partner with the United States to develop a next-generation radar and radio jammer for the Growler that will “future-proof” the aircraft’s capabilities.
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