Navy orders 48 sophisticated electronic warfare jammers for Navy F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter-bombers
PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 21 March 2016. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at Exelis Inc. in Clifton, N.J., will provide the U.S. Navy with 48 sophisticated EW systems designed to protect Navy combat aircraft from incoming radar-guided missiles.
Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., on Thursday announced a $88.3 million contract option to Exelis to build 48 full-rate production lot 13 AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 integrated defensive electronic countermeasures jammer systems for the Navy's F/A-18C/D and F/A-18E/F Hornet and Super Hornet carrier-based strike fighters.
The AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 is an electronic jammer component of the integrated defensive electronic counter measures system (IDECM), which comes to the Navy from a joint venture of Exelis and BAE Systems. It protects Navy fighter-bombers from radar-guided surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles by jamming the enemy missile guidance systems. Exelis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Fla.
Last 30 July Exelis won a $97.3 million contract to build 46 AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 IDECM jammers for Navy combat jets. Friday's order brings the value of this contract to $185.6 million for a total of 94 AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 systems. Previously Exelis won separate military contracts for this latest version and earlier versions of the AN/ALQ-214 EW system.
The ALQ-214 component of the IDECM EW system has been delivered to the Navy as well as to the Royal Australian Air Force for contemporary versions of the Boeing F/A-18 fighter-bomber. The system blends sensitive receivers and active countermeasures to form an electronic shield around the aircraft, Exelis officials say.
The RF countermeasure system engages incoming missiles autonomously with a series of measures designed to protect the aircraft from detection.
The AN/ALQ-214(V)4 a smaller and lighter version of its predecessors, and has an open-architecture design that is ready for integration on several different kinds of aircraft.
The system is designed to counter radar-guided anti-aircraft missiles with electronic countermeasures (ECM) techniques that deny, disrupt, delay, and degrade the enemy missile launch and engagement sequence. The system identifies, ranks, and counters incoming missiles, and displays engagements to the flight crew for situational awareness.
On this contract Exelis will do the work in Clifton, N.J.; San Jose, Calif.; San Diego; Rancho Cordova, Calif.; Mountain View, Calif.; Hudson, N.H.; and other U.S. locations, and should be finished by December 2018.