The Next Generation Jammer will be used EA-18G Growlers to enable U.S. forces to suppress and defeat integrated air defense systems and disrupt and disable enemy ground-based communications capabilities.
"The combined expertise of the Northrop Grumman-Exelis team promises to bring the most technologically advanced, innovative and low-risk solution to our Navy customer's Next Generation Jammer program," said Pat McMahon, sector vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman military aircraft systems.
"The demonstrated performance of both companies makes this team well-positioned to seamlessly transition into the technology demonstration phase of the program and continue its long legacy of support to naval aviation and airborne electronic attack."
Added Rich Sorelle, acting president of Exelis Electronic Systems: "The partnership of Northrop Grumman and Exelis provides the Navy with a team that uniquely understands the customer's need.
"This collaboration will allow the companies to integrate the best of their independently developed sub-systems and components into one truly interoperable system, ensuring U.S. forces will be able to control the battlespace electromagnetic spectrum."