[Avionics Today 07-30-2014] Exelis has delivered the first nine electronic self-protection systems to the U.S. Navy for a fleet of F/A-18 fighter jets. The ALQ-214(V)4/5 is the latest version of the onboard jammer subsystem, which blends sensitive receivers and active countermeasures to form an electronic shield for the aircraft, according to Exelis.
Boasting a series of enhancements from the ALQ-214(V)3, including miniaturization and improved electronics packaging, the new system can be installed on both the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and the F/A-18C/D Hornets. The technology will help ensure that both types of aircraft and their crews are protected from modern radio frequency threats.
“With enhanced software programmability and reduced size and weight, our latest system ensures that naval aviators stay ahead of emerging electronic threats,” said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business area.