In the news: Northrop Grumman to Provide Electronic Countermeasure Systems for Royal Netherlands Air Force
The AN/ALQ-131 Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pod is the most successful ECM system ever built. Northrop Grumman has fielded more than 1,600 ALQ-131 pods, which used state-of-the-art technology to successfully
protect aircrews and aircraft in every conflict since becoming operational in the 1980s.
To stay ahead of new and emerging threats with advanced capabilities, Northrop Grumman revolutionized the ALQ-131 pod through the insertion of digital technology into the pod. With the incorporation of the Northrop Grumman Digital Receiver Exciter (DRE), the ALQ-131 will have fifth generation capabilities and performance. The DRE architecture is a derivative of technologies from the most capable fighter aircraft, including F-16 Block 60 and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This upgrade does not change the pod’s size, weight or power requirements; neither does it induct any mandatory aircraft modification.