ITT Exelis has concluded the technology maturation phase of a jammer to be installed on the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft.
The process involved 33 months of collaboration between the company and naval officials designing, developing and testing the Next Generation Jammer’s subsystems, Exelis said Monday.
Work at Exelis facilities in Amityville and Bohemia, N.Y., and Clifton, N.J., included laboratory demonstrations on digital radio frequency memory, advanced receiver controlled jamming and mid-band aperture.
The Exelis team also assessed the power generation and control systems, mounting a ram air turbine onto a demonstrator pod for a wind tunnel test at a NASA research center in Virginia.
Rich Sorelle, Exelis Electronic Systems president, said the maturation course aimed to prepare the technology for the next stage of the NGJ program and ultimately provide U.S. forces with a tool for advanced battlefields.
The EA-18G electronic attack aircraft is designed to engage integrated air defense systems while disabling enemy electronic communications.