The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has chosen Northrop Grumman Corporation’s AN/ALQ-135 radar jammer to protect its fleet of F-15K aircraft under a contract worth $160 million.
Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector was awarded a contract by Boeing in September 2002 to develop and manufacture AN/ALQ-135 radar jammers for the ROKAF’s F-15K fighter program.
Northrop Grumman’s Defensive Systems Division will design and develop AN/ALQ-135 radar jammers for 40 F-15K aircraft, with the potential for additional jammer orders for as many as 40 more aircraft over the next decade. System deliveries under this initial contract are expected to be completed by early 2008.
The AN/ALQ-135 is an internally mounted radar countermeasures system originally designed and developed for the United States Air Force’s (USAF) F-15 fleet and is currently fielded on all F-15C/E and F-15S combat aircraft for the USAF and the Royal Saudi Air Force.
The AN/ALQ-135 forms part of the F-15K’s integrated Tactical Electronic Warfare Suite (TEWS), an EW protection system designed to give allied pilots software-controlled protection against directed Radio Frequency (RF) threats.