Fri, Aug 17, 2007
Will Upgrade Three Add'l Prowlers For Navy
Northrop Grumman Corporation was recently awarded a contract
from the US Navy to upgrade three additional fleet EA-6B Prowler
aircraft with the latest electronic attack system. Capable of
degrading and disrupting enemy electronic activities, Prowlers are
flown by the Navy and Marine Corps to support ground troops,
airborne forces and ships at sea.
The $6.8 million contract includes an option to upgrade a fourth
aircraft for an additional $2 million.
The contract is for the installation of Improved Capability
(ICAP) III kits, which Northrop Grumman has produced under a
separate contract, into fleet EA-6B aircraft. Kits include the new
ALQ-218 receiver, a new crew-workstation display system, and other
hardware and software items.
First delivery is April 2008. The installation will occur at the
company's St. Augustine, FL manufacturing center. To date, three
Navy squadrons have been outfitted with the new ICAP III airborne
electronic attack system; all three have seen service in Iraq.
"The ICAP III electronic attack weapon serves every sailor,
soldier, Marine and airman in theater, and its operators are
finding new, creative ways to use it to ensure the safety and
success of our military in the air and on the ground," said
Patricia McMahon, vice president of Electronic Support and Attack
Solutions for Northrop Grumman. "As the premier designer and
producer of airborne electronic attack systems in the United
States, and by decades the most experienced in the world, we've
come to understand that such systems are critical to success in the
global war on terrorism."
Once these four ICAP III kits are installed, there will be 15
operational ICAP III Prowlers in service with the Navy. The current
expectation is that the Department of the Navy will be operating
ICAP III Prowlers until 2018. ICAP III is also the basis for the
electronic attack system that Northrop Grumman is building for the
EA-18G Growler, which will eventually replace the Navy's Prowlers,
and for future airborne electronic attack systems.
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