The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $35.1 million, 20-month contract to demonstrate existing technologies for the low-band frequency jammer, the second increment of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program.
Northrop Grumman has been the Navy's airborne electronic attack integrator for more than 50 years. In addition to its work on NGJ Low Band (NGJ-LB), the company continues to support the fleet with advanced electronic attack capabilities.
The NGJ system will augment, and ultimately replace the EA-18G Growler aircraft's aging ALQ-99 tactical jammer with advanced airborne electronic attack capabilities for defeating increasingly advanced and capable threats. Developed in three frequency-focused increments – high-band, mid-band and low-band – NGJ will be capable of jamming multiple radar signals at the same time, including surveillance and air-defense radars.
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) selected Northrop Grumman for the NGJ-LB Demonstration of Existing Technology phase. The contract was awarded Oct. 25.
Northrop Grumman's offer was selected based on technical merit and potential maturity for accomplishing the low-band mission. The company's solution also provides rapid operational capability to the fleet.
"Northrop Grumman will deliver a mature, low-risk and exceedingly capable solution for Next Generation Jammer Low Band that outpaces evolving threats and enables the Navy's speed-to-fleet path," said Thomas Jones, vice president and general manager, airborne C4ISR systems, Northrop Grumman.
"Our NGJ-LB pod provides multi-mission capability for electromagnetic maneuver warfare. We stand ready to demonstrate advancements in this mission area and deliver ahead of schedule."
Work primarily will be performed in Linthicum, Maryland, and Bethpage and Amityville, New York.