The US Navy has awarded Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) contracts to L3 Technologies Communications Systems West and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in support of the Next Generation Jammer Low Band (NGJ-LB) capability. The contracts were awarded on October 25 and were valued at approximately $36 million each.
The NGJ-LB is an external jamming pod that is part of a larger NGJ weapon system that will augment and, ultimately, replace the aging ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System currently in use on EA-18G Growler.
‘NGJ-LB is a critical piece of the overall NGJ system in that it focuses on the denial, degradation, deception and disruption of our adversaries’ abilities to gain an advantage in that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum,’ said Capt Michael Orr, PMA-234 program manager.
Each DET contract has a 20-month period of performance, during which the NGJ-LB team will assess the technological maturity of the industry partners’ existing technologies in order to inform future NGJ-LB capability development, as well as define the NGJ-LB acquisition strategy.
Raytheon is already engaged in integration work for its AN/ALQ-249 NGJ Mid Band pod, which complements the NGJ-LB capability.