Northrop Grumman has expanded the solution development team addressing the US Navy’s Next-Generation Jammer – Low Band Capability Block 1 (NGJ-LB CB-1) programme by adding CPI Aero of Edgewood, NY.

Specialising in precision structures, CPI Aero will provide the pod structure and assembly for the jammer. The company is already the current supplier of record for pod structure and assembly for the ALQ-249 NGJ – Mid Band programme.

The addition of CPI Aero to our NGJ-LB team will help provide rapid fleet capability to the Navy,” explained Paul Kalafos, Vice President, Surveillance & Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare. “They have extensive experience in providing aircraft and pod structural components for several Department of Defense customers and [with us, they are now] helping the Navy maintain its warfighting edge through advanced airborne electronic attack (AEA) capabilities.”

Our leading structures and assembly experience is used by the Navy’s EA-18G, E-2D, MH-60S and CH-53K systems, and we have a well-established record providing these components on-time, efficiently and with consistent high quality,” added Doug McCrosson, CPI Aero President and CEO.

Northrop Grumman is the AEA integrator for the Navy’s current EA-18G GROWLER electronic warfare (EW) system. The NGJ-LB will fly on the GROWLER, providing advanced AEA capabilities. Working closely with the Navy for over 50 years to build and demonstrate survivable and capable carrier-based solutions starting with the AN/ALQ-86, up to the current AN/ALQ-99, AN/ALQ-218 and AN/ALQ-240 for EA-18G and P-8 platforms, Northrop Grumman is helping define the future of naval EW through artificial intelligence, cognitive solutions, software-defined and hardware-enabled multi-function technologies and open architecture systems.

An artist’s rendering of the EA-18G GROWLER carrying the NGJ-LB, providing advanced airborne electronic attack capabilities. (Image: Northrop Grumman)

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