Navy asks Lockheed to start full-scale production of SEWIP shipboard electronic warfare (EW) system
WASHINGTON, 3 Oct. 2016. U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are ordering advanced shipboard electronic warfare (EW) systems for surface warships like aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers, and destroyers under terms of a $148.9 million contract announced Friday.
Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington are asking engineers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems segment in Liverpool, N.Y., for full-rate production of AN/SLQ-32A(V)6) and AN/SLQ-32C(V)6 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) shipboard EW systems.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $148,905,000 firm-fixed-price contract for full rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6 and AN/SLQ-32A(V)6) and SEWIP AN/SLQ-32C(V)6 systems.
SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system.
SEWIP provides enhanced shipboard EW for early detection, analysis, threat warning, and protection from anti-ship missiles. SEWIP Block 2 and SEWIP AN/SLQ-32C(V)6 will enhance the systems's receiver and antenna group to meet the latest threats.
Lockheed Martin won a Navy award for block 2 in late 2009, leading a team of ITT Electronic Systems (now Harris Corp.), Cobham Defence Electronic Systems, Research Associates Syracuse, and Azure Summit Technology of Fairfax, Va.
Since the SEWIP program started in 2002, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (AIS) in Fairfax, Va., acted as prime contractor for SEWIP blocks 1A, 1B1, 1B2, and 1B3.
The Lockheed Martin Block 2 SEWIP design is based on its integrated common electronics warfare system (ICEWS), which enables rapid reconfiguring of the system with commercial technology.
Mercury Systems in Chelmsford, Mass., for example, is providing advanced radio frequency (RF) microwave tuners and intermediate frequency (IF) products for SEWIP Block 2. Lockheed Martin chose the Mercury Echotek series microwave tuner and digital receiver, which are optimized for fast tuning and high performance, Mercury officials say.
Developed by Raytheon in the 1970s, the original AN/SLQ-32 systems employed passive radar technology for early warning, identification and tracking of enemy threats. Subsequent upgrades provided an additional active capability for simultaneous jamming of several different threats.
On Friday's contract Lockheed Martin will do the work in Liverpool, N.Y.; Lansdale, Pa.; Chelmsford, Mass.; Frankfort, N.Y.; Hamilton, N.J.; Hauppauge, N.Y.; Brockton, Mass.; West Yorkshire, United Kingdom; Minneapolis; Huntsville, Ala.; and Lancaster, Pa., and will be finished by November 2019.
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