Lockheed Martin and Cobham have partnered to compete for the development of a next-generation jammer low band (NGJ-LB) for the US Navy.
The NGJ-LB is intended for integration on-board the navy’s E/A-18G Growler aircraft to replace the existing AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system.
Lockheed Martin electronic warfare director Joe Ottaviano said: “The Lockheed Martin and Cobham team will leverage expertise in both companies to offer the US Navy a critically important system with increased capability and reduced risk.
“Our team is confident we can meet the navy’s need for improved jamming capabilities with a scalable, open architecture design that balances capabilities with size, weight and power constraints.”
The NGJ-LB system will be designed to deliver superior electronic attack capabilities in the lower frequency bands of the electromagnetic spectrum in order to effectively combat a range of threats.
Cobham has been supporting the navy’s ALQ-99 low band transmitter / antenna group (LBT / AG) programme for more than 20 years.
In addition, Lockheed has more than 40 years of experience in the development of electronic warfare solutions.
The company has also worked with the navy on several programmes such as the advanced off-board electronic warfare (AOEW) solution, as well as the multi-mission AN/ALQ-210 and AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measures (ESM) systems.
Cobham Integrated Electronic Solutions senior vice-president Jim Barber said: “Our strong partnership with Lockheed Martin on programs such as AOEW and the surface electronic warfare improvement program (SEWIP) Block 2, along with our collective capabilities and heritage with the electronic warfare community will provide the best value for the US Navy.”