US Navy & RAAF F/A-18 Electronic Warfare Contract

Harris to provide Lot 14 AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 onboard jammers

Harris received a $133 million contract to supply electronic jammers to protect US Navy (USN) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 HORNET and Super HORNET aircraft against electronic threats. 

Under the contract, Harris will manufacture and deliver 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 the key onboard electronic warfare jamming system for the IDECM programme and protects the aircraft from sophisticated electronic threats, including modern integrated air defense systems.

Deliveries to the USN and RAAF through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales programme are expected to be complete by May 2020.

Naval aviators face a growing range of threats as their missions evolve and hostile actors gain access to increasingly advanced technology,” Ed Zoiss, President, Harris Electronic Systems, said. “Harris has helped keep naval aviators ahead of emerging threats for nearly 20 years. We remain firmly committed to supporting their critical missions.”

The AN/ALQ-214 IDECM Onboard Jammer (OBJ) is a next-generation RF integrated countermeasure system. The legacy (V)3 version is currently deployed on USN’s F/A-18E/F aircraft to provide self-protection. The current (V)4/5 version, which replaces the (V)3 version, provides enhanced capability for USN F/A-18C/D/E/F aircraft in a smaller and lighter form factor. Additionally, the (V)4/5 Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) compliant design allows for technology insertion, enabling air superiority against the ever-evolving threats. The AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 is one of the most advanced self-protection jammer systems deployed in the world today. 

The IDECM AN/ALQ-214 OBJ features autonomous operations within hostile environments to protect aircrew and aircraft against advanced radio frequency (RF) threats. This protection enables enhanced survivability by allowing the aircrew to concentrate on mission success. The system is designed to counter RF guided threats with proven electronic countermeasures (ECM) techniques that deny, disrupt, delay and degrade launch and engagement sequences. Each threat is identified, prioritised, countered and displayed to the aircrew for situational awareness as well as self-protection. The IDECM AN/ALQ-214 utilises a modular and reprogrammable system to provide theatre specific configurations.




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