Harris has secured a $133m contract to supply electronic jammers for the F/A-18F Super Hornet and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the US Navy respectively.
The contract is in line with the US Government’s foreign military sales programme and includes production and delivery of ALQ-214(V)4/5 integrated defensive electronic countermeasures (IDECM) jammers for the F/A-18C/D/E/F variants.
The ALQ-214(V)4/5 is claimed to be the key on-board electronic warfare jamming system for the IDECM programme.
The system combines sensitive receivers and active countermeasures to form an electronic shield for the US Navy and RAAF F/A-18 fighter aircraft.
It is capable of protecting the aircraft from sophisticated electronic threats, including modern integrated air defence systems.
The radio frequency countermeasure system responds to threats autonomously with a specific series of measures designed to protect the aircraft from detection and engages any threats to the aircraft to ensure mission success, Harris stated.
Harris Electronic Systems president Ed Zoiss said: “Naval aviators face a growing range of threats as their missions evolve and hostile actors gain access to increasingly advanced technology.
“Harris has helped keep naval aviators ahead of emerging threats for nearly 20 years. We remain firmly committed to supporting their critical missions.”
Deliveries to the US Navy and to Australia are expected to be completed by May 2020.
Image: The ALQ-214(V)4/5 jammer forms an electronic shield for the US Navy and RAAF F/A-18 fighter aircraft. Photo: courtesy of petty officer first class Andre Richard.