NGJ-MB in power generation flight test
Raytheon has carried out the first power generation flight test of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band, the company announced on 28 October.
Test data gathered from the flight will be used by the US Navy to inform the airworthiness authorisation decision to fly the NGJ-MB on the EA-18G Growler in the spring of 2020.
Three flight tests were conducted onboard a Calspan commercial jet to assess the jammer's prime power generation system, known as the ram air turbine generator, at Niagara Falls Airport in New York. The generator scoops air from the airstream, turns a turbine and creates electricity that enables NGJ-MB to jam enemy radars and communications.
Future tests will verify the power is sufficient to enable NGJ-MB to significantly enhance range, attack multiple targets simultaneously and perform advanced jamming.
Raytheon's NGJ-MB ram air turbine generator is designed to give the Growler more power to jam at new, advanced levels.
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