Development of new electronic jammer moves ahead

June 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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CLIFTON, N.J., June 4 (UPI) -- The technology maturation phase on a new jammer for U.S. Navy EA-18G electronic attack aircraft has been completed by ITT Exelis.

The 33-month maturation phase -- part of the Navy's Next Generation Jammer program -- involved the design, development and testing of critical subsystems, such as advanced receiver controlled jamming, digital radio frequency memory and midband aperture.

"The NGJ will provide U.S. and allied fighting forces with the tools they need to dominate the electromagnetic spectrum on even the most advanced battlefield," said Rich Sorelle, president of Exelis Electronic Systems. "During the past 33 months, Exelis has worked closely with the U.S. Navy to ensure our technology is ready for the next stage of this important program."

Exelis said testing also proved the effectiveness of the jammer's power generation and control systems.

Work during the technology maturation phase was performed at company facilities in New Jersey and Virginia.

The jammer would be used to defeat enemy integrated air defense systems and disable electronic communications and command-and-control capabilities.

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