Navy orders radar jammers from ITT Avionics

CLIFTON, N.J., 3 March 2006. U.S. Navy officials are asking ITT Avionics in Clifton, N. J., to build 48 48 AN/ALQ-214(V)2 on-board electronic jammers, a component of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures -- otherwise known as IDECM.

Mar 3rd, 2006

CLIFTON, N.J., 3 March 2006. U.S. Navy officials are asking ITT Avionics in Clifton, N. J., to build 48 48 AN/ALQ-214(V)2 on-board electronic jammers, a component of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures -- otherwise known as IDECM.

Designed for the F/A-18 fighter-bomber, the B-1 bomber, and the F-15 fighter, IDECM helps protect tactical aircraft from radar-guided and heat-seeking missiles. IDECM's main components are the ALQ-214 radar jammer and the ALE-55 Fiber Optic Towed Decoy, which trails behind the aircraft to help the radar jammer.

The ALQ-214 also is known as the radio frequency countermeasures system, or RFCM, which has an on-board receiver/processor/techniques generator that stimulates the Fiber Optic Towed Decoy through optical fiber or RF transmitters. IDECM also has a radar warning receiver, missile warning system, chaff/flare dispenser, and an off-board decoy launch controller/dispenser.

ITT is doing the work under terms of an $82.1 million contract awarded March 2 from the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. The contract number is N00019-05-C-0054.

Work will be in Clifton, N.J. (45 percent); at various locations for all other vendors throughout the United States (36.1 percent); San Diego, Calif. (7.5 percent); East Syracuse, N.Y. (7.2 percent); and Rancho Cordova, Calif. (4.2 percent), and is to be completed in November 2009.

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