US Navy Tests Next Generation Jammer On EA-18G Growler

The Navy completed the first mission systems flight test of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) on an EA-18G Growler on Aug. 7, the service said Monday.

The flight was conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., as a Safety of Flight checkout to make sure the jammer pods can be safely flown on the aircraft for future follow-on flights.

The NGJ program is how Naval Air Systems Command plans to replace and augment the legacy ALQ-99 tactical jammer system currently used by Growlers. The new jammer is split into low-, mid- and high-band frequency increments and aims to help counter and defeat enemy air defense and communications systems via an external jamming pod attached to the aircraft.