CLIFTON, N.J., June 7 (UPI) -- The latest variant of ITT Exelis' AN/ALQ-214 airborne jammer will enter second lot production under a contract from the U.S. Naval Systems Command.
The contract is worth more than $125 million. AN/ALQ-214 units will be delivered through 2015, the company said.
"The enhanced ALQ-214 ensures warfighters are equipped with the most advanced electronic self-protection system," said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. "Our new system is not only designed to address current and future RF threats, but it also extends this level of protection to additional platforms, allowing more pilots to complete their missions safely."
The AN/ALQ-214 is a sub-system of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures suite. It combines digital receivers and active counter-measures to protect aircraft from radio frequency threats -- air defense radars and guided missiles, for example.
The new variant will be used on Navy F/A-18 C/D Hornet and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The previous variant is used only on F/A-18 E/Fs.