The U.S. Air Force awarded L3 Harris $947 million for the AN/ALQ-172 Countermeasures Program and modernization.
This contract provides for engineering services for block cycle, non-block cycle and sustaining engineering services and for Air Force Global Strike Command enhancement modernizations.
Work will be performed in Clifton, New Jersey, and is expected to be completed by August 30, 2031.
The ALQ-172 self-protection integrated RF subsystem has defended B-52 bombers and Special Operation C-130 Combat Talons and Gunships against RF threats in combat missions over the past decade.
The system can simultaneously counter multiple pulse, continuous wave, pulse Doppler and monopulse threats. The ALQ-172 is integrated with the aircraft controls and displays and defensive subsystem to provide the aircrew with protection against the most sophisticated radar-directed threats.
Continuous upgrades to the ALQ-172 have incorporated Geolocation situational awareness capability on the B-52, advanced counter-measures in response to modern threats, and new technologies to improve performance, maintainability, and supportability. The ALQ-172(V)3 provides extended frequency coverage required to counter new and emerging threats.
The company is now developing the next ALQ-172 system upgrade designed to meet the needs of the B-52 and its crew through 2040. The ALQ-172 MARS upgrade reduces system weight and power requirements while further improving system performance, maintainability, and reliability. MARS improves system performance by adding the latest processing and digital receivers through the use of FPGA-based technology.