U.S. Navy surface warfare and missile defense experts are choosing Lockheed Martin Corp. to develop and build a helicopter-based, long-range electronic warfare (EW) system to protect Navy surface ships from existing and future advanced anti- ship missiles. Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington have chosen the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems segment in Syracuse, N.Y., to build the AN/ALQ-248 Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) Active Mission Payload (AMP) system for the MH-60R and MH-60S ship-based maritime helicopters. Lockheed Martin will undertake the preliminary design and low-rate initial production phase of the AOEW program. If the Navy exercises all contract options, Lockheed Martin will deliver as many as 18 AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 pods. AOEW will provide long-endurance, off-board electronic countermeasures against current and future anti-ship missile threats with a long-duration EW active mission payload for the MH-60R and MH-60S ship-based maritime helicopters.
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