BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to provide the AN/ALQ-196 Low Band Jammer for the US Air Force’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The value of the contract could reach $80 million over the next five years.
BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS), headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, will work with the prime contractor, Boeing, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, to integrate the ALQ-196 Low Band Jammer onboard AFSOC’s MC-130H Talon II and AC-130U gunship aircraft.
According to BAE Systems, the ALQ-196 gives aircrews a highly effective defence against current and future radio frequency (RF) missile threats. The ALQ-196 system has been in operation on AFSOC MC-130E Talon I aircraft since 1994. A similar system operates onboard on the Air Force’s U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft.
‘The unique and critical mission of our Special Operations forces demands the highest level of electronic protection available today,’ said Don Donovan, IEWS vice president and general manager for the Electronic Warfare/Electronic Protection line of business. ‘By outfitting these AFSOC aircraft with the ALQ-196, we are proud to provide the Air Force with the outstanding capability that these forces both demand and deserve.’
The Low Band Jammer award follows an earlier award from Boeing in November, 2002 in which BAE Systems was also selected to develop and produce a high-powered fibre optic towed decoy (HPFOTD) system for the US Air Force’s MC-130 E/H and AC-130 U/H aircraft. That contract is expected to be worth in excess of $100 million over the next five years.