Follow-on production beckons for SEWIP Block 3
The USN has awarded Northrop Grumman the first follow-on production contract for AN/SLQ-32(V)7 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 systems.
The baseline contract is worth $100.7 million but its value could increase to $1.16 billion, Northrop Grumman noted in a 2 October statement.
The company received authorisation to proceed with low rate initial production of SEWIP Block 3 in January 2019.
SEWIP Block 3 is the third in a series of block upgrades of the AN/SLQ-32(V) EW system (pictured). It will be installed initially on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers but is scalable for other USN ship classes.
The software-defined and hardware-enable open architecture SEWIP Block 3 system supports the USN Distributed Maritime Operations CONOPS.
It is employed on USN surface vessels to defeat legacy and emerging anti-ship threats using electronic attack methodologies.
SEWIP Block 3 also provides an improved capability for non-kinetic electronic attack options.
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