The U.S. Navy’s first Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) Engineering Development Model pod arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in late July to begin various verification and test procedures.
The test procedures are in preparation for the second pod delivery early fall.
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 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.