Harris to provide electronic countermeasures to Navy, Australia

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Feb. 9 (UPI) — Harris has been awarded a contract for 86 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures for F/A-18 aircraft for the U.S. Navy and Australian government.

The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $161 million and is a modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract.

The agreement provides for an option for 86 full-rate production lot 15 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures AN/ALQ-214 A(V)4/5 Onboard Jammer systems for the F/A-18 aircraft, according to the Pentagon.

The onboard jammer system is designed to counter radio frequency guided threats and provide the aircraft crew with greater situational awareness.

Additionally, the contract taps Harris to provide eight WRA1 A(V)4 receiver and processors, along with seven WRA2 A(V)4 modulators.

Work will occur in New Jersey, California and several other locations around the United States, and is expected to be completed in May 2021.

The total contract amount will be obligated to Harris at the time of award from Navy fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement and foreign military sale funds, the Defense Department said. The funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.