In a development that could transform the landscape of the military-electronics market, Raytheon has won a hard-fought competition to develop the Navy’s Next Generation Jammer. The new system, which will replace obsolete jamming pods on the EA-18G Growler electronic-attack plane, is designed to counter threats to the joint force across the electromagnetic spectrum. The Navy leads the program, but it will eventually support the electronic-warfare needs of the entire joint force. Developing a more powerful, agile, precise and versatile airborne jammer is crucial to countering the anti-access tactics of countries like China. Raytheon’s triumph over two other world-class industry teams positions it as the dominant player in electronic warfare for decades to come. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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