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USN sets sights on 2024 for NGJ-LB operational prototype

16 November 2018

The US Navy (USN) is targeting 2024 to field an operational prototype of its Next Generation Jammer – Low Band (NGJ-LB) system on the EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft.

Disclosure of the service’s aggressive schedule comes less than a month after the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) contracts to L-3 Technologies and Northrop Grumman to explore technology options for the NGJ-LB.

Being procured incrementally, the overarching NGJ programme is intended to augment and, over time, progressively replace the ageing AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) currently equipping the EA-18G Growler. The NGJ-LB pod, which will be fitted on the aircraft’s centreline hardpoint (Station 6), forms Increment 2 of the programme.

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