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Lockheed to upgrade US Navy EW

10th October 2016 - 01:10 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract worth $148.9 million by the US Navy for full rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 systems, the company announced on 6 October.

The contract - which comes with four additional option years - will see the company perform work to upgrade the naval fleet’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. 

Lockheed Martin will provide additional systems to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32 shipboard EW systems with the ability to determine if the electronic sensors of enemy vessels are tracking the ship. Vessels will include US Navy destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers.

Block 2 provides an upgraded receiver and antenna and improved interface with existing ship combat systems.

The company received the design and development contract for this programme in September 2009. Under the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract, 22 of 38 additional units have been delivered to the US Navy to date.

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