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Maritime electronic warfare capability in production for SEWIP Block 3 systems

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October 05, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Maritime electronic warfare capability in production for SEWIP Block 3 systems
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a follow on production contract for AN/SLQ-32(V)7 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 systems by the U.S. Navy. The system is employed on Surface Combatants to defeat legacy and emerging anti-ship threats using non-kinetic/electronic attack methodologies.

The company claims that their approach to this system is centered on a software-defined and hardware-enabled open architecture that integrates with other combat systems while adopting the most recent electronic attack capabilities to support the U.S. Navy’s Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO) CONOPS.

The $100.7 million base contract is for the first follow on production lot of AN/SLQ-32(V)7 SEWIP Block 3 electronic warfare (EW) systems. The contract has a maximum value of $1.16 billion. The system will be installed initially on Arleigh-Burke class destroyers and is scalable to other ship classes, according to the company.

SEWIP Block 3 is the third in a series of incremental upgrades that adds an electronic attack (EA) capability to the AN/SLQ-32 EW system to defend ships against anti-ship missiles. The program is managed by the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS).

 

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