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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 16 | DEC/JAN 2016
New jammer for Growler completes PDR
US approves Global Hawk for Japan
Swiss select Hermes 900 UAV
The US Navy (USN) and Raytheon
have completed he preliminary design
review for the Next Generation Jammer
(NGJ) airborne electronic attack system
program, with detailed design work to
The NGJ will equip the USN’s EA-18G
Growler electronic attack aircraft, replac-
ing the legacy ALQ-99 jamming pods.
The USN plans to declare initial opera-
tional capability for the NGJ in 2021.
“The [new] jammer’s open architecture
design, coupled with high-powered, solid
state electronics and agile jamming tech-
niques, will enable us to meet US Navy
electronic warfare mission requirements
while ensuring the affordability of future
upgrades,” said Daniel Theisen, Raythe-
on’s director of airborne electronic attack
It is assumed the Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) will express interest in
retrofitting the NGJ to its own EA-18G
Growlers, which will come delivered with
the ALQ-99 jammers.
Cobham is producing low-band
ABOVE: Raytheon’s New Generation
Jammer will replace the EA-18G Growler’s
ALQ-99 jamming pod (pictured).
Image: US Navy
The sale of Global Hawk high-altitude,
long-endurance unmanned aerial vehi-
cles to Japan has been approved, the
US State Department notified on 20
Estimated at US$1.2 billion in total, the
sale covers three Northrop Grumman
RQ-4 Block 30 (I) Global Hawks fitted
with the Enhanced Integrated Sensor
Elbit Systems has been awarded a
contract from the Swiss Federal De-
partment of Defence, Civil Protection
and Sport (DDPS) for the supply of
Hermes 900 Heavy Fuel Engine (HFE)
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and an
advanced ground segment for command,
control and communications.
The contract, valued at approximately
US$200 million (AUD$272 million), is to
be performed over a four-year period and
follows the DDPS June 2014 announce-
ment of Elbit Systems’ selection as the
preferred supplier for the UAS 15 new
reconnaissance drone program.
The Hermes 900 HFE, to be oper-
ated by the Swiss Air Force, is Elbit’s
latest generation multi-role medium
altitude, long endurance (MALE) UAV
with a payload capacity of 350kg and
wingspan of 15m.
In service with the Israeli Defense
Force and other international customers
and able to be equipped with a variety
of sensor payloads to undertake wide
area surveillance, persistent intelligence
Suite (EISS), Kearfott inertial navigation
system (INS)/GPS units and the com-
pany’s LN-251 INS/GPS units. Also in-
cluded are operational-level sensor and
aircraft test equipment, ground support
equipment, operational flight test sup-
port, communications equipment, spare
and repair parts, personnel training,
publications and technical data and US
gathering, target acquisition and recon-
naissance, the Hermes 900 HFE has a
service ceiling of 30,000ft and endur-
ance of up to 36 hours.
– Staff Reporters
Government and contractor technical
and logistics support services.
The EISS of the Block 30 variant in-
corporates an all-weather synthetic
aperture radar/moving target indicator,
a high-resolution electro-optical digital
camera and a third-generation infrared
sensor. Fully integrated, the sensors
can be used simultaneously if required,
providing the capability to conduct intel-
ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
over vast swathes of territory and deliver
near real-time survey data and imagery of
surface targets to tactical commanders.
Sensor fidelity is such that various
targets can be distinguished such as
personnel, vehicles, aircraft, missiles and
structures in degraded weather and visi-
bility conditions, day or night.
– Staff Reporters
LEFT: The Japan Air Self Defense Force
will join the South Korean air force as the
second user of the RQ-4 Block 30 Global
Hawk in the Asian region. South Korea will
receive the first of its four aircraft in 2017.
Image: US Air Force
ABOVE: Switzerland has ordered the
Hermes 900 HFE MALE UAV. Image: Elbit
transmitters, a variety of antennas and
adapter interface modules for the ALQ-
99 for the USN and RAAF under a con-
tract awarded by Naval Air Systems Com-
mand in March 2014.
– Mario Attopardi
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