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Cobham Awarded $31 Million U.S. Navy Contract for Additional
Low Band Transmitter-Antenna Group
7 January 2013
Cobham Awarded $31 Million U.S. Navy Contract for Additional Low Band
LANSDALE, Pennsylvania – Cobham has been awarded
a $31.7 million contract from the US Navy's Naval Air Systems Command
(NAVAIR) to manufacture the AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter-Antenna Group
for Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B and EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft.
The contract funds the sixth full-rate production lot, and includes
the first installment of two-part procurement for a Foreign Military
Sale (FMS) to undisclosed customers.
This award brings the total
number of production orders to 314 of 337 required transmitters and,
to date, 230 transmitters have been delivered.
Low Band Transmitter-Antenna Group (LBT-AG), developed by Cobham Defence
Electronics, 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 US Navy EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G
aircraft and Marine Corps EA-6B aircraft, and has been used in combat
This award continues a long tradition of Cobham support
to the Navy's mission success in harm's way. Cobham's support to the
Navy extends beyond Airborne Electronic Warfare. The Low Band Transmitter
complements other ALQ-99 work, as well as the Next Generation Jammer,
the Next Generation Airborne Electronic Attack study, and the fleet's
Integrated Topside (InTop) and Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement
For more information contact Cobham Sensor
and Antenna Systems online at
www.cobham.com, or Naval Air Systems Command at
specialises in meeting the demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth
in defence, security and commercial environments. Offering a technically
diverse and innovative range of technologies and services, the Group
protects lives and livelihoods, responding to customer needs with agility
that differentiates it. The most important thing we build is trust.
Employing more than 10,000 people on five continents, the Group has
customers and partners in over 100 countries.
Cobham Defence Electronics designs
and manufactures active microwave components, assemblies and subsystems
for the aerospace and defence industries, and is the leading supplier
of many microwave products. Defence Electronics specialises in RF and
microwave front ends for radar, phased arrays, communication and electronic
warfare systems, providing components, integrated assemblies and subsystems
for military aircraft, ground vehicles, missiles, space launch vehicles
and satellites. Cobham Defence Electronics components and subsystems
are at the heart of many of the world's prominent military platforms,
such as Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and a
host of strategic and tactical munitions.
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