New Generation Jammers Will Be Tested Soon
American corporation Northrop Grumman will participate in the tender for the development and delivery system for jamming the new generation (Next Generation Jammer, NGJ) for the U.S. Navy. Representatives of the company are already filling out an application, according to an official press release.
It is reported that in the first quarter of 2010 the U.S. Navy planning select up to four companies witch will create the concept of the new system. In 2011, two of them will get contracts for the development of demonstration versions of NGJ. In the fourth quarter of 2012 the U.S. Navy signed the agreement on the creation and production of a new system with the company, whose development will be the most perfect.
According to Northrop Grumman, the winner in the competition can get "hundred millions dollars" to develop. Company notes that their NGJ system will replace ALQ-99, which is currently installed on the aircraft EA-18G Growler. It is noted that the ALQ-99 is still an effective tool in electronic warfare.
Tests aircraft EA-18G Growler, which lasted several months, was completed in November last year. After that, the U.S. Navy began an evaluation phase, the combat capabilities of new machines. It was reported that the aircraft EA-18G Growler, which are positioned as a replacement for EA-6B Prowler, entered service in 2009. Total in 2013 was planned to equip the troops with 88 such planes.