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.


Colonels discuss state of Marine aviation

The colonels leading the four main Marine Corps aircraft programs at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) gathered at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Dec. 4 for a panel discussion on the state of Marine aviation.

Before an audience of mostly industry representatives and fellow Marines, the program managers?Col. Matthew Kelly (V-22 Osprey), Col. David Walsh (H-1 helicopters), Col. John Neville (small tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)) and Col. Jack Perrin (H-53 helicopters)?each detailed the work currently underway inside their programs.


US Navy launches first unmanned air vehicle test squadron

The US Navy commissioned its first unmanned air vehicle test and evaluation squadron in a ceremony on 18 October.

The new unit will be called Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 24 (UX-24) and will be based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River?s Webster Outlying Field near St. Inigoes, Maryland. It will fly a mix of 23 fixed and rotary UAVs, including the Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout, AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma, Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack and Aeronautics RQ-26 Aerostar.

The ceremony marked the squadron?s official transition from what was formerly known as Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division?s UAS Test Directorate.