The US Navy is getting closer to deploy the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) developmental pod that has recently completed first developmental testing.
Unlike most capabilities that instantly replace the predecessor, the new systems aims to initially augment the legacy ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System until the low- and high-band components are ready to deploy.
The NGJ-MB system consists of two pods, referred to as a shipset, which is intended to be loaded onto EA-18G Growler aircraft.
The system is expected to provide significantly improved Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) capabilities against advanced threats in the mid-band frequency range through enhanced agility and precision within jamming assignments, increased interoperability and expanded broadband capacity for greater threat coverage against a wide variety of radio frequency emitters.
NGJ-MB Engineering Development Model (EDM), developed by Raytheon Company in El Segundo, California, completed more than 400 hours of basic functionality, electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) data collection and performance testing over a span of three months.
“This chamber test period was instrumental to the NGJ-MB Developmental Test program, and its success was the direct result of outstanding teamwork among the Program Office, Integrated Test Team, and Raytheon stakeholders,” said Capt. Michael Orr, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (PMA-234) program manager. “Data captured during this period not only supports our initial flight clearance, but also provided lessons learned that will benefit the entire NGJ-MB test program moving forward.”
The NGJ-MB is expected to enter flight testing at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 in spring.