Harris Corporation has secured a contract from the US Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon System Support (NAVSUP WSS) to deliver repair services for the navy’s integrated defensive electronic countermeasures (IDECM) programme’s jammer system.
Under the five-year $28m ceiling, single-award IDIQ contract, the company will repair weapons replaceable assemblies (WRA) on an order-by-order basis to be incorporated into IDECM fleet infrastructure.
The contract aims to help ensure that naval aviators can rely on electronic warfare technology for safety and mission success.
The IDECM is deployed onto the carrier-based F/A-18C/D/E/F Hornet / Super Hornet aircraft series to protect the aircraft from any potential radar-guided surface-to-air and air-to-air missile systems attacks.
The ALQ-214 system is an on-board jammer, which generates complex waveform radar and blending sensitive receivers and active countermeasures to form an electronic shield for the aircraft to defeat advanced threat systems.
Harris is said to have been offering its support to the US Navy’s IDECM Program over the past 18 years by enhancing and overhauling the AN/ALQ-214’s capabilities to boost ability to combat airborne electronic warfare threat.
In August 2015, the company secured a $97m contract to supply the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) with self protection jammers, ALQ-214 radio frequency integrated countermeasure system.
Additionally, US Naval Sea SystemsCommand (NAVSEA) awarded a $113m contract to Harris to modernise its primary defence radar AN/SPS-48E installed on-board US Navy aircraft carriers, large deck amphibious assault ships in December 2015.