The US Navy has awarded a contract to ITT Industries Corporation to provide engineering services for the navy’s radio frequency defensive electronic equipment.

Under the $111.7m contract, the company will provide non-recurring engineering services required to modify, manufacture, test and deliver 17 AN/ALQ-214(V)3 radio frequency defensive electronic countermeasures engineering development model (EDM) units.

The EDM units are used to test and evaluate the related engineering change proposal before making a production cut-in decision for an alternate configuration of the ALQ-214 for the F/A-18C/DE/F aircraft. ITT will also deliver three ALQ-214 system test fixtures

The ALQ-214 protects aircrew and aircraft against radio frequency threats with combat proven electronic countermeasures techniques and is used on the navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft .

The modular software reprogrammable system enable the pilot to have the threats identified, prioritised, countered and displayed.

Work will be carried out in New Jersey, California and Florida. It is expected to be complete by June 2013.

The contract has been awarded by the US Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland.