Lockheed-Cobham team to compete for Navy’s low-band jamming pod replacement program

Lockheed Martin and Cobham have teamed up to compete for a U.S. Navy program that seeks to replace the ALQ-99 tactical jamming pod system onboard the service’s Boeing-built EA-18 Growler electronic warfare aircraft.

The Next Generation Jammer Low Band program aims to develop a system that will work to build up the Growler’s electronic attack capabilities against incoming threats in the electromagnetic spectrum’s lower frequency bands, Lockheed said Tuesday.

Joe Ottaviano, director of electronic warfare at Lockheed, said the team intends to meet the Navy’s jamming requirements through the development of an open architecture-based system with a scalable design designed to balance capabilities with size, power and weight constraints.

Cobham will leverage its experience in providing development support for the Navy’s ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter/Antenna Group program.

Lockheed will bring to the team its experience in the development of naval and airborne EW platforms such as the AN/ALQ-210 and AN/ALQ-217 Electronic Support Measures systems and the Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare platform.

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