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Australia shares in US Navy jammer pod contract

The Australian Defence Force is set to receive four next generation jammer pods, under a US$650.4 million contract with Raytheon Technologies and awarded by the US Navy.

The Australian Defence Force is set to receive four next generation jammer pods, under a US$650.4 million contract with Raytheon Technologies and awarded by the US Navy.

A total of 15 next generation jammer, mid-band low-rate initial production (NGJ-MB LRIP) ship sets, associated spares, support equipment, engineering, and associated data will be supplied by Raytheon, after an announcement by the US State Department on 30 March this year.

The NGJ system is expected to replace current ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System pods that were initially developed and fielded in the 1970s.

The contract is expected to be completed in April next year.

Under a separate contract announced by the US State Department on 29 March, Raytheon was awarded a $55 million modification to a previously awarded contract for Evolved SeaSparrow Missile Block 2 assemblies, shipping containers, and spare parts. Forty-two per cent of the work will be completed in Arizona, 7 per cent in Edinburgh, Australia, and more than 14 per cent in Norway and other locations.

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