WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are ordering additional advanced shipboard electronic warfare (EW) systems for surface warships like aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers, and destroyers under terms of a $98.5 million contract announced in March.
Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington are exercising options with the Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems segment in Liverpool, N.Y., for full-rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6).
SEWIP Block 2 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 will enhance the shipboard EW system's receiver and antenna group to meet the latest threats.
Lockheed Martin won a $148.9 million contract last October for full-rate production of AN/SLQ-32A(V)6) and AN/SLQ-32C(V)6 SEWIP shipboard EW systems. Before that, Lockheed Martin won a Navy award for SEWIP 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.
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 this 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, England; Minneapolis; Huntsville, Ala.; and Lancaster, Pa., and will be finished by July 2019.