PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. – Electronic warfare (EW) experts at L3Harris Technologies Inc. will provide the U.S. Navy with 35 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 $104 million order to the L3Harris Space & Airborne Systems segment in Clifton, N.J., for 35 lot 17 AN/ALQ-214A(V)4 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) EW jammers for Navy F/A-18C/D and F/A-18E/F Hornet and Super Hornet carrier-based fighter-bombers.
The AN/ALQ-214(V)4 is an electronic jammer component of the integrated defensive electronic counter measures system (IDECM) avionics, which comes to the Navy from a joint venture of Harris 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.
The contract includes 28 weapons replaceable assemblies and repair of test assets and field support for in-service IDECM AN/ALQ-214A(V)4 airborne EW jammer systems.
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, Harris officials say.
The RF countermeasure system aboard the Navy's F/A-18 jet fighter-bombers 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.www.l3harris.com, or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil.