The first Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) engineering development model pod delivered to the U.S. Navy was fit checked on an EA-18G Growler aircraft at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 in September.
The fit check verifies the pod securely attaches to the Growler in preparation for flight tests scheduled to begin later this year. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)’s Airborne Electronic Attack program office (PMA-234) is carrying out testing of the NGJ-MB.
NGJ-MB is a high-capacity and power airborne electronic attack weapon system for the Navy’s EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft. It is an advanced electronic attack system that denies, disrupts and degrades enemy technology, including communication tools, radars and air defense systems.
Built with a combination of agile, active electronically scanned arrays and an all-digital back end, the system will give E/A-18 pilots an edge in the hotly contested electromagnetic spectrum.
Raytheon’s Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band solution was selected by the U.S. Navy in 2013 to replace the legacy ALQ-99 systems used on the EA-18G airborne electronic attack aircraft. In 2016, the U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $1 billion Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract.