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Navy orders more RF-jammers for its F/A-18s

Harris Corpration has been contracted by the U.S. Navy to produce additional RF-jamming devices for its F/A-18 fighters.

By Richard Tomkins
Navy orders more RF-jammers for its F/A-18s
An F/A-18 Hornet from Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 192 "Golden Dragons" part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, launches from USS Kitty Hawk's flight deck December 2, 2001 during flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by John E. Woods/UPI | License Photo

MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Harris Corporation is to supply the U.S. Navy with advanced ALQ-214 radio-frequency jamming devices for its aircraft.

Under a $97 million award from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, 46 devices will be provided for the service's integrated defensive electronic counter-measures program.

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The ALQ-214 radar signal jamming units will be produced as part of the company's 12th full-rate production lot, Harris said. An option for a 13th production lot in 2016 is possible.

"The ALQ-214 is one of the most capable airborne jamming systems ever built," said Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems. "In the complex, contested battlespaces our aviators face, it is a critical element of their ability to outpace evolving electronic threats and maintain a strategic edge."

The Navy uses the system on its F/A-18 aircraft to block radio frequency threats posed from enemy radar and air-defense systems. The 46 systems -- plus spare weapons replaceable assemblies -- will equip new Navy aircraft as well as modernize its existing fleet F/A-18s.

The ALQ-214 was originally a product of Exelis ES, which was bought by Harris last May.

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