BAE completes F-35 EW systems upgrade
BAE Systems has completed the insertion of the new technology into its EW systems for the global fleet of fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft, the company announced on 26 February 2019.
The insertion of the new digital channelised receiver/techniques generator and tuner insertion programme (DTIP) technology into the AN/ASQ-239 system will improve warfighters’ ability to conduct critical missions in contested airspace.
The improved EW system will create space for Block IV modernisation upgrades. The system update also resolves issues with manufacturing obsolescence. The DTIP technology was introduced into BAE Systems’ manufacturing process in 2018, with the first deliveries starting in July.
The advanced F-35 EW system is an EW countermeasures suite that provides pilots with real-time battlespace situational awareness and rapid-response capabilities. The ASQ-239 system provides fully integrated radar warning, targeting support and self-protection capabilities to engage, counter, jam or evade threats to improve survivability and mission effectiveness.
Deborah Norton, VP of F-35 solutions at BAE Systems, said: ‘This technology insertion gives the EW system room to grow, and will help the F-35 maintain its dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum. The successful insertion of DTIP was the result of the outstanding focus, dedication, and teamwork of our engineering and production teams working in close coordination with our customer.’
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