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US Navy awards contract to upgrade electronic warfare ship defence system

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The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team's proposed SEWIP Block 3 solution at RIMPAC. Photo: Lockheed Martin

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (BNS): The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $57 million contract to upgrade the fleet's electronic warfare defenses against anti-ship missile threats.

Under this low-rate production contract for Block 2 of the Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Programme (SEWIP), Lockheed Martin will upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system found on all US aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships with key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are stalking the ship.

Block 2 is the latest in an evolutionary succession of improvement 'blocks' the Navy is pursuing for its shipboard electronic warfare system, which will incrementally add new defensive technologies and functional capabilities, the Company said.

The Navy competitively awarded Lockheed Martin a contract in 2009 to develop SEWIP Block 2 and the company recently completed successful integration and test activities for two engineering development models.

Work on the SEWIP programme will be performed at the company's Syracuse, New York facility, which houses a new electronic warfare system test facility.

In January 2012, Lockheed Martin teamed with Raytheon Company, the original developer of the AN/SLQ-32, to pursue the Navy's competitive SEWIP Block 3 programme, which will upgrade the system's electronic attack electronic warfare capabilities.

The team demonstrated its potential Block 3 solution at last summer's multi-national Rim of the Pacific naval exercises.

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