Navy eyes new autonomous electronic warfare (EW) system for helicopters to protect ships in the fleet

Aug. 13, 2021
Lockheed Martin experts are considering using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to provide recommendations and additional analysis.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy is nearing a decision to approve production for a fleet electronic warfare (EW) system, says the system’s manufacturer. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

13 Aug. 2021 -- The Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare sensor pod will be outfitted on MH-60 Sierra and Romeo helicopters to extend ships’ line-of-sight limitations in the electromagnetic spectrum.

The system can work together with the fleet for extended EW and electronic protection, but also can work in autonomous mode for a denied environment. While it has undergone some flight tests, more testing must be done.

While manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp. worked with the Navy on the program, company experts have learned how the system interacts with the environment and have seen ancillary capabilities not specifically intended during initial design.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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