Raytheon scored a smashing success with the first airborne tests of its Next Generation Jammer in October. Flying against threats mimicking the performance of the latest Chinese and Russian radars, the jammer demonstrated flawless performance operating for the first time under its own power. It appears that the U.S. Navy’s plan for an agile jammer with greater radiated power, spectral precision, reliability and maintainability is coming to fruition at a record pace. But that’s just the beginning of the story, because using gallium nitride technology and an open systems architecture, Massachusetts-based Raytheon is pursuing nothing less than the convergence of all cutting-edge technologies relevant to the conduct of future information warfare. So the new jammer isn’t just about electronic warfare, it’s about cyber operations and signals intelligence and a cluster of other topics that seldom get discussed in open sources. No kidding, this is a real revolution, and Raytheon is in the driver’s seat. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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