USA: Raytheon to Halt Work on Next-Generation Electronic Jamming System

Raytheon to Stop Work on Next-Generation Electronic Jamming System

Raytheon Co has to stop work on the next-generation electronic jamming system, having received an order from the U.S. Navy to do so, according to Reuters.

Raytheon was awarded the electronic jamming system contract on July 8th, but BAE Systems formally objected the award.

The next generation jammer is a program aimed to develop an airborne electronic warfare system, as a replacement for the AN/ALQ-99 found on the EA-18G military aircraft.

The AN/ALQ-99 is currently mounted on EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler aircraft of the U.S. Navy and, in the case of the EA-6B Prowler only, U.S. Marine Corps.

Two weeks ago, BAE Systems  protested against the USD 279 million jamming system contract assigned to Raytheon questioning the award process.

The Navy issued a stop-work order on the contract on July 18th after the protest, Navy spokeswoman Captain Cate Mueller said.

Nevertheless, she did not provide any further details on BAE’s claims.

NavalToday Staff, July 29, 2013; Image: Raytheon