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DRS to Upgrade Navy EW E/A-18 Mission for US and Australia with New JTT-R System

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it has been awarded access to an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production and delivery of up to 180 Joint Tactical Terminal-Receivers (JTT-R) for U.S. Navy and Australian EA-18G aircraft. The contract is valued up to $12 million and will include JTT-R production engineering, test set racks, fixtures and tooling.

The JTT-R is an ultra-high-frequency receiver that provides near real-time, over the horizon threat data for situational awareness and assessment, threat avoidance, targeting, mission planning and communications. 

The contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia , under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, in Indiana is the contracting agency.

DRS has been developing the JTT-R system since 2009 for the Navy's E/A-18G "Growler" as a replacement to the legacy Multi-mission Advanced Tactical Terminal, which is nearing its end-of-life with the impending transition to the common interactive broadcast waveform.  The U.S. Navy's EA-18G "Growler" is a variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet Block II that conducts Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) missions.

"We are proud to provide this key intelligence capability to the U.S. and Australian EA-18G fleets," said Sally Wallace , president of the DRS Technologies C4ISR business group.  "Its critical threat, targeting and mission planning data provides improved communications for delivering a distinct advantage to U.S. Navy and Australian "Growler" aviators flying the most advanced naval airborne electronic attack platform in the world," Wallace added.

Source : DRS Technologies - view original press release

Published on ASDNews: Jan 22, 2015


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