Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) will begin manufacturing Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band pods for the U.S. Navy’s electronic warfare aircraft fleet after the company received a $172 million low rate initial production contract.
Naval Air Systems Command has ordered three NGJ-MB ship sets along with associated equipment, technical data and gold units intended for an operational test program, the Department of Defense said Friday.
The external jamming pod will be built with an active electronically scanned array and will eventually replace the ALQ-99 tactical jammer technology installed on the EA-18G Growler jets.
DOD announced the lot 1 NGJ-MB LRIP contract award three days after the service branch’s acquisition office issued Milestone C approval to the program.
The U.S. shares a cooperative relationship with Australia for the NGJ-MB development, production and sustainment efforts, according to NAVAIR.