Raytheon has been awarded a contract for the next phase of the development of the US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) programme.

The $403m contract will see the delivery of system demonstration test articles (SDTA) for the advanced electronic attack system.

The contract modification covers the supply of an additional seven SDTA shipsets, 60 SDTA pod subsystems, 27 pieces of peculiar support equipment, one fatigue test pod, and one static test pod.

This associated equipment will support the initial operational test and evaluation phase of the NGJ-MB programme.

According to the company, the delivery of the SDTA pods will take place after the completion of development and operational testing.

Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems director Dan Theisen said: “These test assets will be used to show NGJ-MB is ready for operation.

“We’re at the stage where testing is essential. The test programme is on target to meet initial operating capability in 2022.”

The company is expected to complete the work in December 2022.

In September, CPI Aerostructures was awarded a $2m contract for the production of components of the pod for the SDTA phase.

The system completed the first power generation flight test in New York in October last year.

Developed for use on the EA-18G Growler aircraft, NGJ-MB will be capable of disrupting and denying enemy communication tools and air-defence systems. It will replace the legacy systems installed on EA-18G.

NGJ-MB features advanced jamming techniques, open systems architecture, and active electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna technology, as well as other offensive and defensive technologies.

The system also offers enhanced reliability and is easy to maintain.

Raytheon delivered the first NGJ-MB pod to the US Navy for ground and aircraft integration testing in July last year.

In April 2016, the company received a potential $1.01bn contract to help the navy design, build, integrate and demonstrate 15 NGJ-MB engineering development model pods for the engineering and manufacturing development phase.