Comtech PST to supply RF amplifiers for US Navy’s next-gen jammer

17 January 2019 (Last Updated January 17th, 2019 13:01)

omtech PST, a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications, has won a contract from Northrop Grumman to supply solid-state, high-power RF amplifier systems for the US Navy’s next-gen jammer system.

Comtech PST to supply RF amplifiers for US Navy’s next-gen jammer
Comtech PST has won a contract from Northrop Grumman to supply solid-state, high-power RF amplifier systems for the US Navy’s next-gen jammer system. Credit: US Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier.

Comtech PST, a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications, has won a contract from Northrop Grumman to supply solid-state, high-power RF amplifier systems for the US Navy’s next-gen jammer system.

The amplifier systems will be used on the US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer – Low Band (NGJ-LB) Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET).

The US Navy’s next-gen jammer system is an advanced electronic attack technology that combines beam-jamming techniques with electronics.

It is expected to replace the EA-18G Growler aircraft’s legacy ALQ-99 tactical jammer system and provide advanced airborne electronic attack capabilities to counter complex air defence and communications systems.

Comtech Telecommunications president and CEO Fred Kornberg said: “This significant award demonstrates Comtech’s strength in developing solid-state, high-power RF amplifier systems for advanced airborne electronic warfare systems.”

"This significant award demonstrates Comtech’s strength in developing solid-state, high-power RF amplifier systems for advanced airborne electronic warfare systems."

In October last year, Northrop Grumman secured a $35m contract from the Naval Air Systems Command to demonstrate existing jammer capability for the NJG-LB programme.

Northrop Grumman is the airborne electronic attack integrator for the US Navy’s existing EA-18G Growler electronic warfare system.

The company also partnered with Harris for the NJG-LB DET programme. As part of the partnership, Harris will supply electronic attack equipment to Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman will integrate Harris’ equipment into its NGJ-LB pod system. This will provide a modular, scalable and reconfigurable capability to the US Navy to help it keep pace with evolving threats.

The EA-18G Growler aircraft can operate from either an aircraft carrier or from land bases. It has been developed to replace the US Navy EA-6B Prowler aircraft.