Exelis (NYSE:XLS) has successfully completed the final delivery of AN/ALQ-214(V)3 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) systems to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Md. This shipment concludes 16 years of on-time deliveries from Exelis to the IDECM program.
“Since the first production lot in 1997, Exelis has made 192 consecutive months of on-time deliveries of the ALQ-214, with each shipping an average of 44 days ahead of schedule,” said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. “We are very proud of our track record and even prouder to have contributed to the success of the program and the safety of the warfighter.”
Installed on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, the AN/ALQ-214(V)3 is a major subsystem within the overall IDECM suite, providing a range of electronic self-protection capabilities from radio frequency threats. With deliveries of this system complete, Exelis will now focus on supplying the ALQ-214(V)4/5, which will extend this protection to carrier-based F/A-18C/D Hornets under a contract awarded earlier this year.
"Exelis is providing the warfighter a critical capability with the ALQ-214," said Capt. Scott D. Porter, program manager for the NAVAIR Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA-272). "Exelis has shown itself to be a reliable partner with an excellent understanding of the Navy's needs and strong technology to meet them. We look forward to our continued partnership through the future of the IDECM program."About Exelis Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare, navigation, sensors, air traffic solutions, communications and information systems and have strong positions in composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 19,000 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.