US Navy orders Cobham’s Low Band Transmitter-Antennas

Cobham has been awarded a $16.9m (£11.8m) contract from the US Naval Air Systems Command to manufacture AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter-Antennas for US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft.

The new contract continues funding for a fourth full-rate production lot, bringing the total number of production transmitters ordered to 233 of 315 required.

To date 157 transmitters and 323 antenna products have been delivered. The contract’s initial award procured 60 Low Band Transmitters and an associated number of antenna assemblies in a variety of configurations.

The AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter-Antenna Group (LBT-AG), developed by Cobham Sensor Systems, has been in production since 2005.

The LBT is designed to protect strike aircraft, ships, and ground troops by disrupting enemy radar and communications. It is flown on US Navy EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G aircraft and Marine Corps EA-6B aircraft, and has been used in combat operations.