C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

UPDATE: USN's Next Generation Jammer transitions into development

14 April 2016

Key Points

  • The Next Generation Jammer is being developed by Raytheon to replace the EA-18G's legacy ALQ-99 tactical jamming pod
  • NGJ Increment 1 addresses mid-band capabilities, with Increments 2 (low- band) and 3 (high-band) to follow

The Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment 1 (Inc 1) electronic attack pod destined for the US Navy's (USN's) EA-18G Growler aircraft has transitioned into its engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase, the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has confirmed.

This milestone comes just days after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) questioned the maturity of parts of the NGJ programme in its 2016 Selected Acquisition Report, citing risks associated with weight and power requirements, and pod integration with the EA-18G.

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