ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II Pod Takes First Flight on US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey
ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II Pod Takes First Flight on US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey

ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II Pod Takes First Flight on US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey

The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest Intrepid Tiger II (IT II) Electronic Warfare (EW) capability flew for the first time on an MV-22B Osprey June 15. PMA-234 Marine Air-Ground Task Force EW Team Lead Bill Mellen said the typical, externally mounted pod was not an option because the MV-22 tilt rotor aircraft does not have traditional wing stations from which to mount podded payloads. The AN/ALQ-231(V)4 IT II system’s upgraded design consists of a roll-on/roll-off rack-mounted payload, controlled from a laptop in the aircraft cabin.

Following successful integration on the MV-22B, the IT II team will further expand the V4 design to include a counter-radar capability on the KC-130J aircraft, hoping to leverage much of the MV-22B technology, including the in-cabin rack-mounted payload design. The IT II (V)4 is scheduled to begin fleet deliveries for the MV-22B in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 to achieve Initial Operating Capability by the end of FY24 with an inventory objective of 42 total systems. The IT II (V)1 is flown on the AV-8B Harrier, F/A-18 A++/C/D Hornets, and KC-130J aircraft, while the IT II (V)3 is flown on the UH-1Y Huey helicopter.

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ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger Pod
ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II (IT II) Electronic Warfare (EW) Pod

The Intrepid Tiger II (IT II) Electronic Warfare (EW) is a precision, on-demand, EW weapon system designed to provide Marine Corps fixed and rotary wing aircraft with an organic, distributed, and networked EW payload that can be controlled from the cockpit or by a ground operator. The (V)4 system design will include state-of-the art upgrades, utilizing government and commercial-off-the-shelf technologies and jammer techniques that will allow the Marine Corps to keep pace with the ever-evolving threats on the battlefield, and provide the needed adaptability to allow for future iterations of expanded frequency coverage and advanced capabilities.

The ALQ-231 (V) Intrepid Tiger II (IT II) is a precision, on-demand, external carriage Electronic Warfare weapon system designed to provide Marine Corps fixed and rotary wing aircraft with an organic, distributed and networked Airborne Electronic Warfare capability that can be controlled from the cockpit or by a ground operator. Its open architecture design and rapid re-programmability give IT II the flexibility and adaptability to meet current and future threats. AEA Systems Program Office is responsible for acquiring, delivering, and sustaining AEA systems that provides combatant commanders with EW capabilities that are critical to operational mission success.

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