CLIFTON, N.J., Jan. 25, 2012 – As part of the U.S. Navy Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program’s technology maturation phase, the team of ITT Exelis [NYSE:XLS]and Boeing [NYSE:BA] has successfully completed testing of critical components of the array transmitter technology envisioned for the NGJ program.
The testing, observed by U.S. Navy representatives, successfully demonstrated multiple critical technology elements, including Digital Beam-Forming, Mid Band Power Amplifiers and High Band Power Amplifiers. These demonstrations were accomplished in accordance with program objectives to achieve a high-technology readiness level deemed critical to reducing future technical risk to the Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program.
The Digital Beam-Forming technology demonstrated recent advancements made in broad band electronically steerable antenna arrays. The technology developed for the Mid Band and High Band Power Amplifier displayed high technical maturity and performance of state-of-the-art gallium nitride semiconductors, as well as the packaging and cooling required for a future NGJ array transmitter.
“Our receiver exciter expertise, coupled with these recent successes, enables a low-risk transition to an integrated operational system,” said Bob Ferrante, vice president and general manager of the Exelis Electronic Systems’ airborne electronic attack business. “Our technology efforts are highly focused to ensure we address the evolving NGJ requirements.”
The Next Generation Jammer will help ensure that U.S. forces have complete dominance of the electronic spectrum, providing a comprehensive capability to disrupt and disable enemy communications and radars. Exelis, teamed with Boeing, leads one of four industry teams in competition to develop the final NGJ system.
The NGJ program, valued at more than $2 billion, will replace the current inventory of aging ALQ-99 jamming pods on the Navy’s newest airborne electronic attack aircraft, the Boeing EA-18G Growler. The Next Generation Jammer pod will also be a stepping stone to electronic attack capability on other advanced platforms.
ITT Exelis Electronic Systems provides innovative integrated solutions for the global defense, intelligence, information assurance and commercial aerospace sectors. As a leader in electronic warfare and communications, we leverage our experience and innovation to ensure the success of our customers’ critical missions. Our technology leadership extends into the areas of airborne electronic attack, networked and satellite communications, counter-improvised explosive devices, airspace management, surveillance systems, airborne and shipboard radar, acoustic sensors, advanced composite structures and electronic weapons interfaces.
About ITT Exelis
ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in cybersecurity, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 21,000 people and generated 2010 revenue of $5.9 billion. www.exelisinc.com
John C. Dench