Harris has secured a new $161m contract modification for the delivery of the next production lot of electronic jammers for the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft fleets used by the US Navy and Australia.

The new sets of electronic jammers are expected to be used to protect the multirole fighter aircraft against electronic threats upon delivery, including sophisticated integrated air defence systems.

Harris will be responsible for manufacturing and supplying integrated defensive electronic countermeasures (IDECM) jammers for the F/A-18C / D / E / F variants of the fighter jets under the latest deal.

The company’s ALQ-214(V)4/5 electronic warfare (EW) jamming system will be deployed on-board the naval aircraft as a major component of the IDECM programme.

"Our investments and dedication to delivering IDECM systems has helped to keep naval aviators ahead of emerging threats and out of harm’s way."

Harris Electronic Systems president Ed Zoiss said: “The 20-year, flawless delivery record to the navy is a remarkable achievement, and we look forward to supporting their critical missions for the next 20 years and beyond.

“Our investments and dedication to delivering IDECM systems has helped to keep naval aviators ahead of emerging threats and out of harm’s way.”

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Deliveries to the US Navy and to Australia are expected to be completed by May 2021 under the agreement.

The current contract modification represents an addition to Harris’ initial production lot award, which was originally received in the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2018 and was valued at $133m.

Harris has secured more than $1bn in awards to date from the Naval Air Systems Command for the development and production of AN/ALQ-214 IDECM systems to be used on-board the US Navy’s F/A-18 carrier-based aircraft.

The company has recently been recognised by the navy for maintaining a ‘perfect on-time delivery record’ over the entire 20-year life of the IDECM programme.

Harris’ AN/ALQ-214 system combines sensitive receivers and active countermeasures to create an electronic shield for the F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

The radio frequency (RF) countermeasure system responds to threats autonomously with a specific series of measures, which are specially designed to protect the jets from detection and engaging any fired threats to the aircraft.