US Air Force downselects Northrop Grumman for F-16 electronic warfare suite

by Pat Host

The US Air Force (USAF) has downselected Northrop Grumman as the sole contractor to complete final project efforts to provide the electronic warfare (EW) suite for the service’s Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet.

Northrop Grumman spokesman Stephen Lamb said on 11 January that the company was selected in 2019 to develop a prototype internally mounted EW suite and digital radar warning receiver for F-16s. Northrop Grumman, he said, is performing on this contract. L3Harris was also competing under this contract. However, L3Harris spokesperson Kristin Jones said on 12 January that the company was not selected to move forward.

The US Air Force has downselected Northrop Grumman as the sole contractor to complete final project efforts to provide the electronic warfare (EW) suite for the service’s Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet. (Northrop Grumman)

The US Air Force has downselected Northrop Grumman as the sole contractor to complete final project efforts to provide the electronic warfare (EW) suite for the service’s Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet. (Northrop Grumman)

This EW suite will protect pilots from radio frequency (RF)-guided weapons by detecting, identifying, and defeating advanced threat systems, according to a company statement. Northrop Grumman’s solution uses common building blocks and architecture. Lamb said the company has combined its ultra wideband radar warning receiver technology with a lightweight processor and digital transmitter modules to provide effective protection.

Northrop Grumman will deliver and demonstrate a safety of flight-qualified prototype to meet customer requirements under this other transaction agreement (OTA) contract, and is working toward its fielding. Lamb said the OTA period of performance ends in mid-2021.

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