Harris Corporation is being awarded a contract modification for the supply of 86 full-rate production lot 15 AN/ALQ-214 A(V)4/5 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasure (IDECM) Onboard Jammer (OBJ) systems for the F/A-18 aircraft.
This modification is for exercising an option of a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract. In addition, this option provides for the procurement of eight WRA1 A(V)4 receiver/processors and seven WRA2 A(V)4 modulators. This option exercise is in support of the U.S. Navy; and the government of Australia.
The contract, worth around $161 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); and foreign military sales funds for the amount are being obligated at time of award, none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (63 percent); and the government of Australia (37 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program.
Work will be performed in Clifton, New Jersey (59 percent); San Jose, California (14 percent); San Diego, California (7 percent); Rancho Cordova, California (5 percent); Mountain View, California (3 percent); and various locations throughout the continental U.S.(12 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2021.
AN/ALQ-214 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) Onboard Jammer (OBJ) is a next-generation radio frequency (RF) integrated countermeasure system.
The IDECM AN/ALQ-214 OBJ features autonomous operations within hostile environments to protect aircrew and aircraft against advanced RF threats. This protection enables enhanced survivability by allowing the aircrew to concentrate on mission success.
The system is designed to counter RF guided threats with proven electronic countermeasures (ECM) techniques that deny, disrupt, delay and degrade launch and engagement sequences. Each threat is identified, prioritized, countered and displayed to the aircrew for situational awareness as well as self-protection.
The legacy (V)3 version is currently deployed on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F aircraft to provide self-protection. The current (V)4/5 version, which replaces the (V)3 version, provides enhanced capability for U.S. Navy F/A-18C/D/E/F aircraft in a smaller and lighter form factor.
Additionally, the (V)4/5 Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) compliant design allows for technology insertion, enabling air superiority against the ever-evolving threats.