$8.2M for F/A-18 Radar Jammers to USA, Finland, Switzerland

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AN/ALQ-165 Computer Systems Technical Support, Inc. in Brea, CA received an $8.2 million firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for Airborne Self-Protection Jammer (ASPJ) harness assembly, structural assembly and hardware sets. In addition to support to the United States (90%), it is anticipated that the contract will support the governments of Switzerland (5%) and Finland (5%) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The ASPJ is a program with a long and troubled history. F/A-18C(click to view full) The ASPJ is an automated, modular, reprogrammable, active radar frequency (RF) deception jammer designed to help protect host tactical aircraft from a variety of air-to-air and surface-to-air radar threats. It was designed to accomplish threat sorting, threat identification, and jamming management, even in areas with many operational radars. It is qualified for installation on F-14D Tomcats (now retired), F-16 Falcons/Vipers, and F/A-18 Hornet A-D models. The US Navy, Switzerland, and Finland all operate F/A-18 C/D aircraft. The ASPJ’s performance and testing results led to considerable controversy, and finally resulted in the program’s cancellation. Revived after an F-16 was shot down over Bosnia in 1995, it is considered the best internal option available for F/A-18 C/D aircraft. Nevertheless, GlobalSecurity.org notes that it has never fully met […]

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