Jan. 29--NASHUA -- BAE Systems has lost out on a $280 million contract for electronic warfare jammers that is potentially worth billions of dollars down the road, now that the Navy has decided to stick with an earlier decision to give the work to Raytheon. But the company says it won't affect "current New Hampshire employment levels."
On Jan. 24, the Navy reaffirmed awarding the contract for the Next-Generation Jammer. Raytheon got the award the last fall but BAE cried foul, and on Nov. 13, the Government Accountability Office ordered the Navy to review its decision because they "failed to adequately document its evaluation, and improperly credited the awardee with outdated experience."
"The NGJ program represented a long-term growth opportunity and it is important to note that it would have represented less than 1 percent of the company's planned revenue over the next five years," a spokesman from BAE's Electronic Systems division, headquartered in Nashua, said in a statement. "Despite the recent decision, the BAE Systems Electronic Systems sector remains a leader in electronic warfare, and this award decision will not have any direct impact on the current N.H. employment levels.
"We are disappointed with today's decision and are currently considering all of our options."
BAE's Electronic Systems division employs thousands of people in New Hampshire, primarily in Greater Nashua. It specializes in electronic warfare systems.
The NGJ is designed to jam the electronics of air defense systems, notably missiles to shoot down fighters, as well as enemy communications systems as an aid to fighters in the air and on the ground. It is scheduled to be deployed on a Navy fighter, the EA-18G Growler.
If successful, the program could be extended in the future, "becoming a modular set of gear that could be installed in F-35 variants, or in other aircraft," such as bombers, special mission planes, stealth fighters or unmanned aerial 'drones,'?" Defense Industry Daily wrote in an earlier article about the contract.
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