Lockheed Martin awarded additional SEWIP Block 2 work
Lockheed Martin will perform work to upgrade the US Navy fleets’ electronic warfare defences under a $147 million contract announced on 22 September.
The low-rate initial production contract for Block 2 of the Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) will see Lockheed Martin provide 14 systems to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system on all US aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships.
The upgrades will bring new key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors of adversaries are tracking the ship, and provide protection against evolving threats, such as anti-ship missiles.
Joe Ottaviano, SEWIP program director, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, said: ‘This subsequent SEWIP Block 2 contract continues our support of the US Navy with capabilities that will rapidly introduce new technology to the sailors.
‘Our fleets are facing a rapidly changing threat environment in theatres across the globe. This contract allows us to continue providing much needed technological advances that will help outpace our adversaries and protect our warfighters.’
Block 2 is the latest in an evolutionary succession of block improvements to the US Navy’s shipboard electronic warfare system, which will incrementally add new defensive technologies and functional capabilities.
The company was awarded ten systems as part of low-rate initial production in 2013, which are currently being delivered to the fleet. In July, the US Navy installed Lockheed Martin's SEWIP Block 2 system on USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) for operational testing.
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