Raytheon received a $1 billion sole source contract from the U.S. Navy in April 2016 for the EMD phase of the NGJ, an external jamming pod that will disrupt and degrade enemy aircraft and ground radar and communication systems, and will replace the ALQ-99 system on the U.S. Navy's EA-18G GROWLER® carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft. After a successful development program, the U.S. Navy plans to install NGJ Inc 1 Pods on 138 EA-18G GROWLER® aircraft during the NGJ Inc 1 Pod production phase. There are two pods per aircraft.
Douglas J. McCrosson, president and CEO of CPI Aero, stated, "We have earned a reputation as a premier value-added contract manufacturer of reconnaissance, radar and laser system pods. Now we will bring this same level of technical expertise and quality craftsmanship to produce the structural housing assembly for the NGJ, the most advanced pod-based electronic warfare system in the world."
Continued Mr. McCrosson, "With this win, CPI Aero adds a new customer, Raytheon, that has been a world leader in electronic warfare for more than 50 years. We are honored that they have entrusted CPI Aero to work with them on one of their highest profile new programs and to be part of the Raytheon NGJ Inc 1 Pod team. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship."'