Exelis wins $125M contract to deliver airborne jammers

Jammer system used on F-18 fighters

Exelis has won a $125 million contract to deliver the latest variant of the AN/ALQ-214 airborne jammer to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md.

The AN/ALQ-214 is a subsystem of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures suite, which is intended to provide self-protection and increased survivability for tactical aircraft against radio frequency and infrared surface-to-air and air-to-air threats.

Under the contract, Exelis will engage in the second full-rate production lot of the new AN/ALQ-214 (V)4/5 system, which combines sensitive digital receivers and active countermeasures to protect  aircraft from radio frequency (RF) threats such as air defense radars and guided missiles, ITT Exelis said in a release.

The new variant of the ALQ-214 system will be used on both the Navy F/A-18 C/D Hornet and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft, Exelis said.

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