The US Navy has awarded a rapid response contract to BAE Systems to demonstrate a new radio frequency countermeasure (RFCM) system for the next-generation P-8A Poseidon military aircraft.
Under the contract, the RFCM system will be designed, built, integrated, and shipped in about five months.
After the integration, the self-protection system will undergo two months of flight testing on the P-8A platform.
The RFCM system is a pod-mounted, advanced lightweight, high-power system designed to deliver a new self-protection capability to the aircraft.
The system features a factor jammer, a high-powered amplifier, and the AN/ALE-55 fibre-optic towed decoy.
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