CPI Aerostructures (CPI Aero) has received an initial $2m in funding to start a new phase of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) programme.
The company will begin the production of pod structures and air management system (AMS) components for the NGJ-MB’s system demonstration and test article (SDTA) phase.
CPI Aero will deliver the pod components from August next year to support Raytheon’s NGJ-MB programme for the US Navy.
Raytheon has issued a binding notification to CPI Aero authorising the company to proceed with the SDTA phase.
CPI Aero expects to receive orders worth up to $23.3m under this phase and anticipates a contract to this effect by the end of the year.
Deliveries are expected to continue until the first half of 2021.
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Raytheon is designing and manufacturing the NGJ-MB system for the US Navy’s EA-18G Growler aircraft.
NGJ-MB is an airborne electronic attack weapon system that can deny, disrupt and degrade enemy radars and communication devices.
It provides advanced jamming techniques and allows the aircraft to operate at extended ranges. Pilots will also be equipped to conduct attacks on multiple targets at the same time.
Each EA-18G aircraft will be fitted with two NGJ-MB pods.
CPI Aero president and CEO Douglas McCrosson said: “CPI Aero has been a key supplier to Raytheon on this programme since 2016, and we are proud to play an important role in getting this critical electronic warfare capability into the hands of the US Navy for testing.
“As we begin the SDTA phase, we reach another waypoint on the path towards receiving a decision by the US Navy to proceed with low rate initial production in late 2020 to keep the programme on track to achieve initial operating capability in 2022.
“The expected SDTA contract, combined with the previous engineering and manufacturing development contract, increases the total value of funded awards to CPI Aero to approximately $60m.”
McCrosson added that the estimated total value of orders from the NGJ-MB production phase between now and 2030 could reach more than $150m.
In July this year, Raytheon delivered the first NGJ-MB pod to the navy from its El Segundo facility in California for ground and aircraft integration testing.
The company is required to deliver 15 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and 14 flight-certification trial NGJ-MB systems under the programme.