Military Embedded Systems

Electronic warfare pods to be delivered to Navy under L3Harris contract


December 28, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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MELBOURNE, Fla. The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris Technologies a five-year, $496 million contract to deliver prototype tactical jamming pods designed to extend U.S. Air superiority.

The Next Generation Jammer Low Band (NGJ-LB) is a high-powered, high-capacity airborne electronic warfare (EW) system. L3Harris’ single-pod solution is designed to enable extended stand-off jamming capability, cover a broad spectrum, and processe an increased number of threats.

According to the company, the system is intended to operate seamlessly with joint and allied forces, and provide growth capacity for emerging threats. The company will deliver eight operational pods to NAVAIR for fleet assessment, and additional test assets for airworthiness and design verification. 

The NGJ-LB pods will be flown on the EA-18G Growler and aim to continue the Navy’s plan to address operational gaps and replace the aging ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System pods operating in the low frequency spectrum.

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