Navy asks L3Harris for 19 AN/ALQ-214 A(V)4 airborne electronic warfare (EW) jammers for the F/A-18 aircraft

March 5, 2021
The AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 protects Navy fighter-bombers from radar-guided surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles by jamming the enemy missile guidance.

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. – Airborne electronic warfare (EW) experts at L3Harris Technologies Inc. will provide the U.S. Navy with 19 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 Wednesday announced a $72/4 million order to L3Harris Technologies in Clifton, N.J., to build 19 lot 18 AN/ALQ-214 A(V)4 onboard jammers for the F/A-18 carrier-based jet fighter-bomber aircraft.

The AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 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.

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The ALQ-214 component of the airborne 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.

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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 order Harris will do the work in Clifton, N.J.; as well as in San Jose, San Diego, Rancho Cordova, and Mountain View, Calif., and should be finished by August 2024.

For more information contact L3Harris Technologies online at, or Naval Air Systems Command at

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