Foreign Military Sales: Use of FMS in Proposed Commercial Sale of Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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In 1981, DoD awarded a full-scale development contract to ITT avionics and Westinghouse Electric Corporation ITTW to provide an advanced standardized jammer. The jammer was intended to detect and neutralize enemy radars for several U.S. inventory aircraft, including the Air Forces F-16 and the Navys F-18 and F-14 aircraft. The Air Force dropped out of the program in January 1990 because of budget constraints and poor test results and decided to equip its F-16s with either the ALQ-131 or the ALQ-184 jammer. The ASPJ failed the Navys OPEVAL in August 1992, and DoD terminated production of the system for U.S. aircraft in December 1992 after receiving 95 of 136 ASPJ units through low-rate initial production. DoD authorized use of these units on the F-14D for that aircrafts OPEVAL. The Navy has initiated its Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures Program to develop an electronic warfare suite for its F-18 aircraft by the year 2001.
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