Harris Corp. is being awarded a contract modification to exercise an option to procure 14 full-rate production lot 15 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures AN/ALQ-214 A(V)4/5 onboard jammer systems in support of the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office for the government of Kuwait.
The modification, worth around $24.5 million, was awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland. Foreign military sales (FMS) funds for the amount will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
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 within 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.