Next Generation Jammer design expanded at Naval Air Warfare CenterNews
September 23, 2015
CHINA LAKE, Calif. Engineers at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at Point Magu are bulking up Raytheon’s Next Generation jammer. Raytheon reports active testing for the jammer at China Lake, California, and authorities at Weapons Division say there are joint plans to integrate the new design into the EA-18G Growler.
The Next Generation Jammer gives operators the ability to load a broader variety and higher capacity of electronic attacks, says Jeff Anderson, technical lead for Jammer Technique Optimization (JATO). “It used to take up to 90 days for a contractor to manufacture the design of one of these application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) chips,” Anderson says. “Now we can program our jammer to go against it within hours.”
The JATO group at Point Mugu and at the Naval Research Lab, and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab specialize in jamming technology along with other electronic warfare methods.
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