Last Updated: 02/03/2012*
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems have teamed to compete for the U.S. Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 program. SEWIP Block 3 will upgrade the fleet’s capability to electronically attack anti-ship missiles with the AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare system.
"Raytheon's expertise in shipboard EW combined with Lockheed Martin's experience on the current SEWIP Block 2 system will give U.S. Navy fleet commanders a critical advantage on the seas,” said Mark Kula, vice president, Tactical Airborne Systems. “The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon partnership provides the low-cost, high-reliability solution the Navy needs to meet current and future sea-surface threat environment.”
The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team intends to offer a SEWIP Block 3 solution derived from more than 80 years of combined, proven experience in developing systems to defend the fleet. A formal Navy request for proposals is anticipated later this year.
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 multiple threats. The AN/SLQ-32 EW system is currently in use on U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships.
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