Mid-band jammer prototype delivered for EA-18G fighterNews
August 06, 2019
WALTHAM, Mass. Raytheon announced the first delivery of its newest mid-band jammer to the U.S. Navy on Monday.
Raytheon will produce 15 prototype Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band Engineering and Manufacturing Development pods for the Navy for use on its EA-18G Growler planes, which are carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft based on the F/A-18F Super Hornet. The pods will replace the ALQ-99 systems currently in use.
The new devices, identified as NGJ-MB, await systems testing, qualification, and airworthiness certification. Raytheon received the $1 billion contract from the Navy for development and testing of 15 next-generation electronic jamming pods in June 2016.
According to company officials, the jammer is a high-capacity and high-power airborne electronic attack weapon system to protect air forces by denying, degrading, and disrupting threat radars and communication devices, according to the company. It is designed to integrate with current EA-18G electronic attack technology, and features open architecture for future upgrades.