Raytheon’s Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) for the US Navy has completed the first power generation flight test at Niagara Falls Airport in New York, US.
NGJ-MB, an airborne electronic attack weapon system developed by Raytheon for the US Navy’s EA-18G Growler aircraft, has generated its own power for the first time.
Data from the test will play a key role in the airworthiness authorisation decision to fly the jamming pod on the EA-18G Growler.
The jammer was put through three flight tests on board a Calspan commercial jet.
The objective of the tests was to assess the prime power generation system of the jammer.
NGJ-MB’s ram air turbine generator scoops air from the airstream and generates electricity.
The jammer is an advanced electronic attack weapon system designed to deny, disrupt and degrade enemy communication tools and air-defence systems.
Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems senior manager Ernest Winston said: “This is the first time the pod generated its own power outside of a lab.
“Future tests will verify the power is sufficient to enable NGJ-MB to significantly enhance range, attack multiple targets simultaneously and perform advanced jamming.”
The company delivered the first NGJ-MB pod to the navy in July this year.
It is under contract to deliver 15 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) pods for mission systems testing and qualification. The programme also includes the delivery of 14 aeromechanical pods for airworthiness certification.
Raytheon said in a statement: “Raytheon’s NGJ-MB ram air turbine generator is designed to give the Growler more power than it has ever had before to jam at unprecedented levels.”
The new pod is capable of providing an extended range and jamming signals simultaneously. The technology can also be scaled to other missions and platforms.
The navy checked the first NGJ-MB on an EA-18G Growler last month.