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Cobham awarded $39M U.S. Navy contract for low band transmitters

MarketWatch: Defense

April 30, 2012
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Cobham has been awarded a US $39 million contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to manufacture the AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter-Antenna Group for U.S. Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B and EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft. The contract is a modification to a previously awarded firm fixed price Full Rate Production contract to exercise an option for 48 Low Band Transmitters; 13 vertically polarized antennas; and 28 horizontally polarized antennas associated with the AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter-Antenna Group. The contract’s initial award procured 60 Low Band Transmitters and an associated number of antenna assemblies in a variety of configurations. 

“Cobham’s Low Band Transmitter has a legacy of reliability and operational excellence,” said Jill Kale, Vice President of Cobham Sensor Systems. “Activating this option to the fixed price contract is aligned with the Navy’s acquisition strategy, and capitalizes on our expertise.”

The AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter-Antenna Group (LBT-AG), developed by Cobham Sensor Systems, has been in production since 2005.  The LBT is designed to protect strike aircraft, ships, and ground troops by disrupting enemy radar and communications. It is flown on U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G aircraft and Marine Corps EA-6B aircraft, and has been used in combat operations.

All work will be performed in Lansdale, Pa. and is expected to be completed by August 2014.

Source: Cobham

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