All of the former composite squadron EA-6As were sent to VMCJ-2, which became Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare
Squadron (VMAQ) 2 on 1 July 1975.
Test And Evaluation Award: presented to Richard Welch for significant contributions as the lead test engineer on the ALQ-135 tactical electronic warfare
system that provides effectiveness and self protection to F-15 aircrews.
Called the Multiband Antiship Cruise Missile Defense Tactical Electronic Warfare
System (MATES), the Loral-Akron-led program combines an Amber Engineering 3- to 5-[micro]m IR camera with a United Technologies Optical Systems [CO.sub.2] laser.
* Northrop is understood to be bidding a variant of the AN/ALQ-135 jammer used in the USAF's F-15 Tactical Electronic Warfare
Although the study was originally conceived as a short-term effort, with final study results to be completed in May, it soon became obvious that more time would be needed to research, evaluate and report on such a comprehensive road map to span what the original Program Decision Memorandum termed "tactical electronic warfare
needs into the 21st century, including airborne jammers, aircraft self-protection systems, lethal and non-lethal suppression of enemy air defenses, low observable technology and other aspects of command and control warfare." Current plans call for a two-part effort, with Part 1 to identify EW needs for USAF and USN tactical aircraft in joint operations consistent with national strategy, force structure and anticipated operational scenarios.