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Lockheed’s AOEW system passes PDR

7th September 2017 - 02:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system has successfully passed its preliminary design review (PDR), the company announced on 5 September.

The company’s AOEW system is being developed to provide US Navy MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile threats.

The AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 system can work independently or with the ship’s onboard electronic surveillance sensor, SEWIP Block 2 AN/SLQ-32(V)6, to detect an incoming missile and then evaluate its direction. AOEW then uses radio frequency countermeasure techniques to deter the missile.

The US Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $42 million contract for the system design and development phase in late 2016. The company expects to be awarded the EMD phase of the contract, which has options for six units, later this year.

Joe Ottaviano, program director, electronic warfare, Lockheed Martin, said: ‘The battlefield at sea is constantly changing. Our advanced off-board electronic warfare capabilities will give the US Navy a powerful tool to detect threats and respond to our adversaries.'

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