Raytheon is ready to resume work on critical electronic jamming programme for troops, following the US Navy’s confirmation of the contractor.
Last year, the US Navy has placed $279.4m order with Raytheon for developmental efforts in support of the technology development (TD) phase of the next-generation jammer (NGJ) programme.
However, on 15 July 2013, BAE had filed a formal protest against the US Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) $279.4m NGJ contract award to Raytheon, due to concerns with the navy’s evaluation of the offering, Reuters reported last year citing BAE spokesman Brian Roehrkasse.
Following the bid protest, the US Navy has issued stop-work order to Raytheon on contract.
Despite the US Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) ruling, in November, that upheld a protest against the award, the US Navy has confirmed Raytheon as prime contractor for the contract, according to Reuters.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems business president Rick Yuse said: "Our offer represents the best of Raytheon’s innovative capabilities and leadership in advanced next generation AESA-based electronic attack systems and we look forward to partnering with the navy to deliver this critical national security capability for the warfighter."
Under the contract, Raytheon will design and build critical technologies for the NGJ pod, which will replace the aging ALQ-99 tactical jamming system onboard the US Navy’s EA-18G Growler electronic-attack aircraft.
The NGJ TD phase aims to develop a cost-effective electronic attack system, capable of providing improved airborne electronic attack capabilities against advanced threats through enhanced agility and precision within jamming assignments.
Scheduled to enter service in fiscal 2020, the NGJ will provide increased jamming capabilities to the US troops, needed to sustain the future missions.