US-based structure supplier CPI Aero has joined the Next Generation Jammer Low Band (NGJ-LB) Capability Block 1 (CB-1) solution team.

The team is being led by Northrop Grumman, which submitted its proposal for the project in January this year.

The NGJ-LB will operate on the US Navy’s EA-18G Growler to provide airborne electronic attack (AEA) capabilities. It will replace the current AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS).

CPI Aero has been selected to supply the NGJ-LB pod structure and assembly.

Currently, CPI Aero also supplies pod structure and assembly for the navy’s ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band programme.

CPI Aero president and CEO Doug McCrosson said: “Our leading structures and assembly experience is used by the Navy’s EA-18G, E-2D, MH-60S and CH-53K systems, and we have a well-established record providing these components on-time, efficiently and with consistent high quality.”

Northrop Grumman is the AEA integrator for the US Navy’s current EA-18G Growler electronic warfare system.

Commenting on the team expansion, Northrop Grumman surveillance and electromagnetic manoeuvre warfare vice-president Paul Kalafos said: “The addition of CPI Aero to our NGJ-LB team will help provide rapid fleet capability to the navy.

“They have extensive experience in providing aircraft and pod structural components for several Department of Defense customers and we are proud to have them on our team of EW engineering and mission experts, helping the navy maintain its warfighting edge through advanced airborne electronic attack (AEA) capabilities.”