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Fresh off its victory in the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) competition, Raytheon is standing up a “mission area” to focus on the military technology known as electronic warfare (EW), the company announced Feb. 11.

The new Electronic Warfare Systems unit, based in El Segundo, Calif., puts several Raytheon EW programs under the same organizational roof. Besides NGJ, those programs are EW self-protection systems, EW communication systems, advanced EW programs, airborne information operations and key EW pursuits.

The announcement comes about two weeks after the Navy confirmed Raytheon as the winner of the $279.4-million technology development contract for NGJ. NGJ is intended to jam enemy radar and communications and replace the aging ALQ-99 jammer aboard the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft.

Raytheon’s selection for the NGJ contract was challenged in July by losing bidder BAE Systems, which filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). In November, the GAO concluded that the Navy’s evaluation of industry proposals was flawed, and it recommended that the Navy reevaluate the bids. In late January, the Navy announced that it had conducted “a new cost/technical tradeoff analysis” of the proposals and would stick with Raytheon.

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