According to reports, the US Navy plans to select up to four companies in the first quarter of 2010 to create new system concepts. In 2011, two of these companies will be awarded contracts to develop new generation jammer (NGJ) demonstrator versions. By the fourth quarter of 2012, the U.S. Navy signed an agreement with the agency to create and produce the new system, and the effectiveness of the agreement will be perfected.
The winner of the competition could receive up to $100 million in research and development funding, according to the company. The company also notes that NGJ’s approach will draw on ALQ-99, which is currently used on the EA-18G Growler airliner, and which remains a very effective tool in electronic warfare.
The testing of the EA-18G Growler aircraft took several months and was finally completed last November. Since then, the U.S. Navy has conducted an evaluation of the combat capabilities of the new machine. It is reported that the EA-18G “Growler” aircraft is regarded as an alternative model of the EA-6B “Prowler”, and it began to enter into service in 2009, and the U.S. military plans to equip troops with 88 aircraft by 2013.