Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded a $7 million follow-on contract for DRE, Netherlands to provide action for the upgrade of Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) AN/ALQ-131 (V) Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) Pod.
The contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia and involves 100% foreign military sales to the RNLAF for use on its F-16 aircraft fleet.
This program is focused on the redesign of the ALQ-131 Digital Receiver Exciter (DRE) and ALM-256 Intermediate Level Support Equipment. The contrac work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 15, 2022.
AN/ALQ-131(V) Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) Pod
The ALQ-131 is an advanced electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod designed to provide an aircraft self-protection against radar threats. The ALQ-131 accomplishes this by responding with a combination of noise, repeater or transponder electronic jamming techniques.
The pod weighs 600 pounds, with modular design for multiple frequency band capability, and has an ability to be quickly re-programmed against changing threats.
The AN/ALQ-131 is certified on the F-16, F-111, A-10, F-4, F-15, F-5 and C-130 aircraft.