SYRACUSE, N.Y., the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Lockheed Martin proudly revealed on 11th February 2019 that the company will continue to provide the U.S. Navy with electronic warfare systems, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
For that purpose the U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $184 million firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise options for full rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 systems. Thus the company will continue to support and upgrade the AN/SLQ-32 systems on the Navy’s aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships with advanced electronic warfare capabilities that determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are tracking the ship.
Joe Ottaviano, Integrated Electronic Warfare program director, Rotary and Mission Systems, commented, “We are honoured to continue to provide this critical fleet defence capability that our warfighters rely on while they perform their mission worldwide. Threats are changing and evolving faster with advanced technologies and the SEWIP system will give the U.S. Navy the advantage of remaining one step ahead of our adversaries.”
The initial $148.9 million contract for full rate production of SEWIP Block 2 system was awarded to Lockheed Martin by the U.S. Navy in 2016 and included four additional option years to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare capabilities so warfighters can respond to new threats.
SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program for upgrade of the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system. SEWIP Block 2 will expand upon the receiver/antenna group, which is needed for keeping capabilities up to date with the pace of the threat and to yield improved system integration.
Since 2009 Lockheed Martin has provided the U.S. Navy with SEWIP Block 2 development, production and engineering services and has been delivering and supporting the installation of SEWIP Block 2 systems as the Navy upgrades electronic warfare defences against anti-ship missile threats fleet wide. In addition, AN/SLQ-32(V)6 Design Agent Engineering Services are being performed at the Electronic Warfare Centre of Excellence in the Syracuse, New York, facility.
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Source: Lockheed Martin