IN BRIEF: Crane Microwave to maintain B-1 electronic warfare components in $12.4 million contract

Electronic warfare (EW) experts at Crane Electronics Microwave Solutions in Chandler, Ariz., will maintain several kinds of electronic components and subassemblies in the AN/ALQ-161A defensive avionics system aboard the U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic jet bomber under terms of new $12.4 million contract. Officials of the Air Force Targeting & Electronic Warfare office at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., are asking Crane engineers to provide depot-level maintenance of nine shop-replaceable units in the ALQ-161A radio-frequency surveillance and electronic countermeasures (RFS/ECM) system on the B-1 bomber military aircraft. Crane staff will maintain ALQ-161A yttrium iron garnet (YIG) reject filters with drivers; YIG band pass filters; and digitally tuned oscillators. The AN/ALQ-161A Defensive Avionics System on the B-1B bomber identifies, acquires, and denies enemy radars and missiles. Built by AIL Systems Inc., the AN/ALQ-161A is an integrated RF countermeasures system.


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