US defense company L3Harris Technologies announced that the US Navy has awarded the company a five-year contract for $ 496 million to supply the next-generation external jammer.
According to L3Harris, the company will provide tactical jamming pods as a prototype to increase U.S. air superiority.
The Next Generation Jammer Low Band (NGJ-LB) is a powerful EW (Airborne Electronic Warfare) system with a high capacity. The single pod solution from L3Harris enables advanced stand-off interference functions, covers a wide spectrum and processes an increased number of threats. The system works seamlessly with common and allied forces and provides growth capacity for emerging threats.
“The next generation Jammer Low Band contract underscores L3Harris’ longstanding commitment to support the US Navy’s mission to maintain superiority on land, sea and air,” said Dana Mehnert, president of the communications systems segment at L3Harris. “The selection of L3Harris shows our company’s strength as a technology prime to deliver a truly unique solution that meets the needs of the Navy to tackle all competitive environments.”
According to the Naval Air Systems Command, the system will replace the previous AN / ALQ-99 tactical jamming system currently integrated into the EA-18G Growler aircraft. The NGJ system is the next step in the evolution of Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) and is needed to close current and emerging gaps in electronic warfare, ensure the holistic nature of the kill chain against growing threat capabilities and capacities, and with advances and threats to threat weapon systems to keep pace with continuous expansion of the AEA mission area. NGJ is an evolutionary acquisition program that offers functions in three steps: mid-band, low-band and high-band.