Northrop Grummans ANALQ131 pod

Northrop Grumman Upgrades Netherlands' F-16 ECM Pods

Dec. 6, 2016
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) for upgrades to ECM pods on its F-16 fighter aircraft.

Selected by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) for a significant upgrade to its F-16 fighter aircraft fleet, Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded a contract for work on the AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure (ECM) pods (see photo). This upgrade to the ECM pods will provide new threat detection and jamming capabilities even in the presence of modern threat environments. The upgrade includes the use of the firm's digital receiver/exciter hardware for flexible signal generation and fast response times, even with constantly changing threat scenarios.

"The digital technology in the AN/ALQ-131 upgrade provides a significant leap in capability for electronic countermeasures, giving RNLAF aviators a superior level of protection wherever their missions take them," says Dr. Robert Fleming, vice president for programs for Northrop Grumman. The AN/ALQ-131 ECM pod is currently in use by the United States and 11 other countries and has been one of the most successful ECM systems ever built. It embodies the experience of a company that has provided ECM and electronic-warfare (EW) systems for a wide range of military aircraft, including B-1, C-130, F-15, F-16, F/A-18, and F-35 aircraft.

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Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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