Next phase of development begins for U.S. Navy's NextGen JammerNews
April 11, 2016
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. U.S. Navy officials gave the go-ahead for the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment 1 (Inc 1) to enter the next phase of development.
NGJ Inc 1 will replace the AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system that is currently integrated on the EA-18G Growler aircraft. It uses digital, software-based, and Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technologies.
The Milestone Decision Authority signed the Acquisition Decision Memorandum and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Mr. Frank Kendall, says the system's cost, schedule, and performance objectives followed the acquisition strategy.
Mr. Kendall reviewed the NGJ Inc 1’s Technology Maturation & Risk Reduction phase, and upcoming Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) plans at Raytheon in El Segundo, California.
The system will be developed further before being produced during the EMD phase. Officials say the capability is expected to reach its system-level critical design review in 2017.
NGJ Inc 1 will provide airborne electronic attack capabilities to disrupt and degrade enemy air defense and ground communication systems.
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