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CPI Aero joins Northrop Grumman team for US Navy Next Generation Jammer

The NGJ-LB will fly on the EA-18G Growler
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Northrop Grumman Corporation announced on May 12 it expanded its Next Generation Jammer Low Band (NGJ-LB) Capability Block 1 (CB-1) solution team with the addition of structure supplier CPI Aero.

The company was awarded an initial order from Northrop Grumman to supply structural components, assemblies and supporting risk reduction activities in support of Northrop Grumman’s proposal to the US Navy for the Next Generation Jammer-Low Band (NGJ-LB) system. Northrop submitted its proposal for NGJ-LB Capability Block 1 (CB-1) in January 2020.

This initial purchase order funds non-recurring tooling, and other risk reduction activities supporting NGJ-LB CB-1. The anticipated period of performance of NGJ-LB CB-1 is through 2025 with deliveries starting in the 1st quarter of 2021.

The NGJ is an external carriage airborne electronic attack capability for the EA-18G that will provide enhanced capabilities to disrupt, deny, degrade, and deceive enemy air defense and ground communication systems.

Comprised of three stand-alone programs – NGJ Mid-Band, NGJ Low Band, and a future NGJ High Band – each program covers a different frequency band and addresses a variety of adversary systems. NGJ will augment and eventually replace the ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System currently integrated on the EA-18G Growler aircraft.

“As the manufacturer of the ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer – Mid Band pod structure and assembly developed by Raytheon, CPI Aero is very pleased to now bring its extensive experience to the Northrop Grumman team of EW engineering and mission experts,” Douglas McCrosson, president and CEO of CPI Aero, commented.