Raytheon has delivered the first of 15 next-generation jammer mid-band (NGJ-MB) engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) pod to the US Navy.
The Navy will soon begin ground and aircraft integration testing on the first EMD pod.
The service selected Raytheon’s NGJ-MB solution in 2013 to replace the legacy ALQ-99 systems on the EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft.
In 2016, Raytheon won a $1bn contract for the NGJ-MB EMD.
The company is required to build and deliver 15 EMD pods for mission systems testing and qualification.
In addition to the engineering models, the company will deliver 14 aeromechanical pods for airworthiness certification.
Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems vice-president Stefan Baur said: “The first NGJ-MB pod is out the door. We are one step closer to extending the Navy’s jamming range and capability.
“Delivery of this pod will allow for the initial verification of ground procedures, mass properties, aircraft installation, and built-in test checks in preparation for future chamber and flight test.”
NGJ-MB is designed to provide innovative airborne electronic attack and jamming capabilities.
The airborne electronic attack weapon system can deny, degrade and disrupt threat radars and communication devices.
It has the ability to operate at a significantly enhanced range and attack multiple targets at the same time.
The solution features high-powered, agile beam-jamming techniques and solid-state electronics. Its architecture also allows for future upgrades.
The company plans to use a Prime Power Generation Capability pod installed on a commercial Gulfstream aircraft later this year for power generation flight testing and risk reduction efforts.
This will support the initial flight clearance process, Raytheon stated.