The Gulfstream 550 type jamming aircraft is already inn service for other countries…With mintairation and better software the footprint of the mission air craft is smaller and less costly in people and hardware…
After much back-and-forth on which defense company could make the Air Force‘s next jamming plane, the service — as predicted — has decided to let L3 Technologies choose the plane.
“The Air Force awarded a contract to L3 for the Compass Call re-host program,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Thursday.
“After their analysis and sharing that with the program office, L3 has decided to use the Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft as the new platform,” Stefanek said in a statement. “This new Compass Call platform is being referred to as EC-X,” she said.
Stefanek said there is no cost value associated at this time because the contract award is an undefinitized contract action. The UCA is a type of contract in which bottom-line terms or prices have not been agreed upon before performance is begun.
The EC-X will replace the Air Force’s aging fleet of EC-130Hs, modified C-130s made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that carry electronic jamming equipment designed to thwart an adversary’s command-and-control communications. Lockheed, however, only makes the airframes while L-3 Communications, now L3 Technologies, is the sole aircraft integration and depot maintenance contractor, while BAE Systems secures the mission equipment.
The latest decision follows months of turbulence between defense companies vying to build the next aircraft….