CLIFTON, N.J., 3 Nov. 2012. ITT Exelis (NYSE:XLS) and Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) are partnering to offer solutions for the U.S. Navy's Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program.
The next generation jammer program aims to develop an airborne electronic warfare system as a replacement for the AN/ALQ-99 found on the EA-18G military aircraft. The AN/ALQ-99 is currently mounted on U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler aircraft. The Navy is expected to make a vendor selection for the program in 2013.
The two companies have been involved in electronic warfare and airborne electronic attack technological development since the 1960s, making them well positioned to compete for the next phase of this naval warfighting capability â the Technology Demonstration phase.
The team believes its combined expertise will bring a technologically advanced, low-risk solution to the Navy's next generation jammer program, according to Northrop Grumman officials.
The Navy's NGJ will fly on the EA-18G Growler as an advanced electronic attack aircraft, and will provide U.S. forces with the ability to suppress and defeat enemy integrated air defense systems and disrupt and disable enemy ground-based communications capabilities.