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Exelis Wins Redesign Contract for US Navy’s ALQ-99 Tactical Jammer

By Juliet Van Wagenen | January 26, 2015
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U.S. Navy ALQ-99 aircraft
U.S. Navy ALQ-99 aircraft. Photo: U.S. Navy by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Kelly

[Avionics Today 01-26-2015] Exelis has received a United States Naval Surface Warfare Center contract valued at $15.3 million to perform essential sustainment work on the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. The ALQ-99 is used on the Navy’s EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. Exelis will also provide the technology to the Australian government through a foreign military sales program, the first time the ALQ-99 has been made available internationally.

Under the contract, Exelis will redesign three modules to extend the service life of the Navy’s principal standoff jammer and replace legacy application-specific electronic components with modern field-programmable technology. The work will also include extensive qualification testing to ensure that the aircraft can operate successfully in challenging environments. Exelis expects to complete the work by June 2017.

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