So the EA-18G jammer doesn’t play well with the F-35? It blankets the area???

WASHINGTON: Raytheon’s Next Generation Jammer underwent its first test flights at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake as the electronic warfare association’s annual conference got underway in October.

The tests were performed to judge whether the system could successfully jam and disrupt enemy threat radars.

This marks the first tests of the pod itself, the AESA radar, power sources and the other subsystems. The pod, as you can see in the photo, is mounted on a civilian jet rigged with test equipment. The test were held eight months after contract award.

The Navy’s new EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft during sea trials.
The Navy’s new EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft during sea trials.
Test flights are crucial for jammers as vibrations and their surroundings can affect their ability to function.

How did they do? Let me offer this caveat first — the great majority of what goes on in the new jammer is classified so we’re never going to be able to tell you very much about it. But Raytheon did go to some lengths to make this test public, so here’s what they said.

“The combination of jamming techniques, beam agility, array-transmit power and jammer management were very effective against the threat systems and all test objectives were met or exceeded,” Travis Slocumb, vice president of Electronic Warfare Systems at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business, said in a very carefully worded statement.

“The advanced, first of its kind system consisted of an active electronically scanned array (AESA), an all-digital, open, scalable receiver and techniques generator and a self-powered pod mounted on the underside of a Gulfsteam business jet,” Slocumb said.rememimage

One of the most interesting tidbits in that release are the mentions of agility and power. The current Growler jammers are very high-powered and, as the former head of Air Combat Command told me in an October interview, the Growler actually blankets its targets and would interfere with the F-35′s more nimble electronic warfare and cyber capabilities.

just wondering if that will wreak havoc on the peninsula with radio stations, GPS, pacemakers, phones, peace, quiet, spotted owls, marbled murilets, deer. Raccoons, not to say anything of human collateral damage.



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