The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Navy to jointly develop the of the Raytheon AN/ALQ-249 next generation jammer mid-band capability (NGJ-MB).

The MOU defines the scope of communication, coordination, and cooperation during the engineering and manufacturing of NGJ-MB, says Australia's department of defence in a statement.

The AN/ALQ-249 will equip the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft. The only operators of the type are the RAAF and US Navy.

“This is a very important milestone for both nations, one that took four years of communication and collaboration to successfully achieve,” says RAAF air marshal Leo Davies.

“As this is a rapidly evolving area, we will work in partnership with the US Navy to develop the next generation jamming capability, which will ensure that our aircraft remain at the technological forefront throughout their service life.”