Cobham has been awarded a $21.8 million contract modification by the US Naval Air Systems Command, exercising an option to procure additional Low Band Transmitters (LBT), a variety of antennas and adapter interface modules for the AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System to be used by the US Navy and the Australian military.
Under this option, Cobham Defense Electronics in Lansdale, Pennsylvania will manufacture eight LBTs for the US Navy and eleven for Australia; eleven vertically polarized antennas for the Navy and six for Australia; seventeen high band horizontally polarized antennas for the Navy and seven for Australia; and six Band-2 adapter interface assemblies for Australia.
Production under this option will begin in the latter half of 2014 and is expected to conclude by late 2015. This award brings the total number of production orders to 333 of 333 required transmitters and, to date, 281 transmitters have been delivered.
“Cobham is proud of our longstanding and successful partnership with the U.S. Navy on this critical program,” said Jill Kale, vice president of Cobham Defense Electronics. “As we continue to satisfy the Navy warfighter’s current needs, we look forward to providing the next generation of integrated RF solutions for U.S. Navy air and maritime operations.”
The AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter-Antenna Group (LBT-AG), developed by Cobham Defense Electronics, has been in production since 2005. The LBT is designed to protect strike aircraft, ships, and ground troops by disrupting enemy radar and communications. It is flown on US Navy EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G aircraft and Marine Corps EA-6B aircraft, and has been used in combat operations.
This award continues Cobham’s long tradition of supporting the US Navy, which extends beyond Airborne Electronic Warfare. The LBT complements other ALQ-99 work, as well as the Next Generation Jammer, the Next Generation Airborne Electronic Attack study, and the fleet’s Integrated Topside (InTop) and Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP).
Source: Cobham Plc (LSE: COB.L)
Date: Mar 5, 2014