Raytheon Tests Its Next-Generation Jammer Prototypes
Raytheon has completed successful effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) testing of their next-generation jammer (NGJ) prototypes at the Benefield Anechoic Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
The new NGJ will be used on the EA-18G airborne electronic attack aircraft, giving it superior jamming capabilities.
The tests were conducted in collaboration with the United States Navy, who has very strict requirements for EIRP. The tests were conducted over the course of six weeks, and found that the NGJ would be able to meet their demands. EIRP determined the range and capacity of the system, in terms of both reaching and affecting more than one target at the same time.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems says that now the testing complete, they can proceed with the next steps of development.
"Raytheon and the Navy developed a realistic testing program designed to ensure that the NGJ electronic warfare system meets its 2021 initial operating capability commitment. Completion of EIRP testing, while an early milestone, confirms our progress to date and that the program is successfully executing to both schedule and plan,”
said Travis Slocumb, Electronic Warfare Systems vice president at Raytheon.
The NGJ is built by combining high-powered, agile beam-jamming techniques, and cutting-edge solid-state electronics. It is very reliable and yields a low risk, all while being an affordable solution.
The need for a system like this arose from ever-evolving threats from enemies. In an effort to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, Raytheon produced a jammer that was better than ever, providing greater precision, power, reactive speed and directivity.
Raytheon was chosen back in 2013 to produce this, replacing the legacy ALQ-99 systems. Their partnership aims to analyze the system's synthetic aperture sonar in order to completely reach its potential in terms of capturing and processing high and low-resolution images of mine threats undersea.
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