The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a $42 million contract to develop advanced electronic-attack-system technology known as the Next Generation Jammer.

The Next Generation Jammer is scheduled to replace the legacy ALQ-99 jamming pods, providing new capabilities for the U.S. Navy's EA-18G Growler, F-35 aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Raytheon completed an initial feasibility study and proposed an innovative airborne electronic attack architecture, concept design and demonstrator program that will mature the technology for key elements of a Next Generation Jammer capability.

Raytheon's Next Generation Jammer will be built with open architecture technology using its airborne radio-frequency systems. In the technology maturation phase, the jammer will be developed and tested to ensure spectral precision, power, reactive speed, and directivity. Raytheon is leveraging decades of experience to integrate a combination of agile, high-powered jamming techniques based on combat-proven antenna array technology, and sophisticated solid-state electronics in a design that doesn't place unnecessary weight on the aircraft.

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