EA-6B Prowlers

The US Naval Surface Warfare Center has awarded an interim redesign contract to Exelis to perform essential sustainment work on the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system.

Valued at $15.3m, the agreement involves the redesign of components of the universal exciter upgrade shop-replaceable assembly, and will be completed June 2017.

Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business vice-president and general manager Mitch Friedman said: "The ALQ-99 is expected to continue supporting the navy’s electronic attack mission for several years, until a next-generation solution is fielded.

"This critical interim support will equip the system to handle the evolving threat landscape and allow US and allied forces to continue dominating the electromagnetic spectrum."

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Exelis will replace application-specific electronic components with modern, field-programmable technology, enhancing the system’s reliability and ability to adapt to changing mission requirements.

"The ALQ-99 is part of a suite of electronic warfare technologies."

In addition, the company will perform extensive qualification testing to ensure that the aircraft can operate successfully in challenging environments.

Installed on the navy’s EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, the ALQ-99 is part of a suite of electronic warfare technologies designed to enable domestic and international customers to perform critical missions.

It will also be provided to the Australian Government through a foreign military sales programme.

Image: The AN/ALQ-99 system on EA-6B Prowler aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Lt Chuck Radosta / US Navy.