Exelis (NYSE:XLS) has successfully completed the final delivery of AN/ALQ-214(V)3 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) systems to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Md. This shipment concludes 16 years of on-time deliveries from Exelis to the IDECM program.
“Since the first production lot in 1997, Exelis has made 192 consecutive months of on-time deliveries of the ALQ-214, with each shipping an average of 44 days ahead of schedule,” said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. “We are very proud of our track record and even prouder to have contributed to the success of the program and the safety of the warfighter.”
Installed on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, the AN/ALQ-214(V)3 is a major subsystem within the overall IDECM suite, providing a range of electronic self-protection capabilities from radio frequency threats. With deliveries of this system complete, Exelis will now focus on supplying the ALQ-214(V)4/5, which will extend this protection to carrier-based F/A-18C/D Hornets under a contract awarded earlier this year.
"Exelis is providing the warfighter a critical capability with the ALQ-214," said Capt. Scott D. Porter, program manager for the NAVAIR Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA-272). "Exelis has shown itself to be a reliable partner with an excellent understanding of the Navy's needs and strong technology to meet them. We look forward to our continued partnership through the future of the IDECM program."
Date: Sep 20, 2013