Lockheed Martin to build electronic warfare (EW) systems to protect surface warships from anti-ship missiles


WASHINGTON- U.S. Navy surface warfare experts order additional shipboard electronic warfare (EW) systems for surface warfare vessels like aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers and destroyers as part of of a $50.6 million order announced on Monday.

Officials at Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington are the Lockheed Martin Corp. segment. Rotary and Mission Systems in Liverpool, NY, for full-rate production of Block 2 of the AN/SLQ-32(V) 6 Surface Electronic Warfare Enhancement Program (SEWIP). units.

SEWIP Block 2 is a scalable acquisition and incremental development program aimed at upgrading the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system.

SEWIP provides enhanced shipboard EW for early detection, analysis, threat warning, and protection of surface warships against anti-ship missiles. SEWIP Block 2 will upgrade the on-board EW system receiver and antenna array to meet the latest threats.

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SEWIP Block 2 expands the array of receivers and antennas needed to keep capabilities current with the pace of the threat and to improve systems integration, Navy officials said. Lockheed Martin won a $98.5 million order in March 2017 for full-rate production of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 SEWIP Block 2 subsystems.

Lockheed Martin Block 2’s SEWIP design for anti-ship missile defense is based on its Integrated Common Electronic Warfare System (ICEWS), which allows for rapid system reconfiguration with commercial technology.

Mercury Systems of Andover, Mass., provides advanced radio frequency microwave tuners and intermediate frequency products for SEWIP Block 2. Lockheed Martin selected the Mercury Echotek series microwave tuner and digital receiver, which are optimized for fast tuning and high performance.

On this order, Lockheed Martin will perform the work in Liverpool, NY; and Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be complete by March 2024. For more information, visit Lockheed Martin online at www.lockheedmartin.comor Naval Sea Systems Command at www.navsea.navy.mil.


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