Raytheon has awarded additional purchase orders to US-based aerospace and defence company CPI Aerostructures for the next-generation jammer mid-band (NGJ-MB) external jamming pod capability.

The modified orders have a total value of $12.5m and are related to the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the AN/ALQ-249 NGJ-MB programme.

In July 2016, Raytheon awarded CPI Aerostructures a $4m contract for the development of pod structural housings.

Another $2.7m contract was awarded in September 2016 for the production of air management system (AMS) door and duct assemblies for installation within the pod housing.

“Work for the NGJ-MB EMD phase is expected to be completed by CPI Aerostructures late next year.”

The new additional orders, which have taken the total value for the EMD phase to more than $19m, involve work related to the earlier contracts, including additional systems integration efforts that are slated to be carried out during the company’s build-up of the pod assembly.

CPI Aerostructures president and chief executive officer Douglas J McCrosson said: “We are honoured that Raytheon, one of the leading aerospace and defence companies in the world, has recognised the value added by our team to date toward the success of the NGJ-MB pod programme.”

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Work for the NGJ-MB EMD phase is expected to be completed by CPI Aerostructures late next year.

Raytheon secured the $1bn NGJ-MB EMD contract from the US Navy in 2016.

With upgraded capability, the new NGJ-MB jamming pods will eventually replace the AN/ALQ-99 airborne electronic warfare system installed on board the US Navy’s EA-18G Growler carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft.

The AN/ALQ-249 NGJ-MB external jamming pod capability is expected to provide improved airborne electronic attack capabilities that would disrupt enemy air defence and ground communication systems.

Featuring new digital, software-based and active electronically scanned array technologies, the system will help address advanced and emerging threats of the future.