MILITARY ELECTRONICS BRIEFING: AN/ALQ-196(V) & HPFOTD

Program Briefing

The AN/ALQ-196(V) Low Band Jammer is an internally-mounted airborne radar jammer for US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) MC-130E Talon I aircraft and U-2 reconnaissance aircraft. In June 2003, BAE Systems won a contract potentially worth $80 million, to provide jammers for MC-130 Talon II and AC-130U gunships. We estimate production may have ended in 2011, but support funding continued, though information has been scarce. The High-Powered Fiber Optic Towed Decoy (HPFOTD) was in development for AFSOC MC-130E/H and AC-130U/H aircraft. A contract worth about $100 million was awarded in November 2002. The HPFOTD converts, amplifies, and radiates RF techniques to defeat radar guided missiles. Up to eight retrievable decoys would be mounted on each C-130. However, in early 2006, AFSOC cancelled the HPFOTD program and decided to acquire the AN/ALE-55 decoy instead. In June 2016, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins AFB, GA awarded Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Herndon, VA a $12.1 million modification on a previously awarded contract for ALQ-196 quick reaction capability sustainment.

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