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NGJ-MB passes flight test milestone
The Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) for the USN successfully completed its first mission systems flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River on 7 August, under the right wing of an EA-18G Growler EW aircraft.
The maiden flight (pictured) was conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 to ensure that NGJ-MB pods can be safely flown on the EA-18G aircraft.
Successful completion paves the way for follow-on test flights, US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on 10 August.
The first NGJ-MB pod was delivered to the USN for tests in July 2019. It is designed to address advanced and emerging threats using the latest digital, software-based and AESA technologies.
According to NAVAIR, the pod will provide enhanced airborne electronic attack capabilities to disrupt, deny and degrade enemy air defence and ground communication systems.
The mid-band jammer, developed by Raytheon Intelligence and Space, forms part of a larger NGJ system that will augment and ultimately replace the legacy ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) currently used on the EA-18G.
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