Loren Thompson reports in Forbes:
The future of electronic combat came into focus on Monday, and it looks like Raytheon will be leading the way. The Massachusetts-based technology company won a very tough competition to develop the defense department’s next airborne jamming system, defeating two other world-class teams. If Raytheon performs as expected, it will dominate the arcane world of electronic warfare for decades to come, generating many billions of dollars in revenues.In case you wondered:
Jammers are tunable, high-power transmitters that deny adversaries use of the electromagnetic spectrum so that friendly forces can operate without having to worry about hostile radars or communications networks. The Next Generation Jammer that Raytheon will develop was conceived to replace a Vietnam-era family of jamming pods carried on the Navy’s new EA-18G Growler.Why is that important? Because the Raytheon jammer, will likely also be used on the F-35. And that will make the Growler - a single mission 4th gen plus aircraft - obsolete, won't it?