Northrop Grumman Wins US Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Contract

Naval Defense Industry News - USA
Northrop Grumman Wins US Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Contract
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $267 million contract by the U.S. Navy to develop and manufacture the next-generation surface electronic warfare system. The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 will enhance the AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare attack system through a series of upgrades that add new technologies and capabilities for early detection, signal analysis, threat warning and protection from anti-ship missiles.
Northrop Grumman Wins US Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Contract
AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare (EW) system aboard the USS MCFAUL
Since the introduction of Northrop Grumman's AN/SLQ-32(V)1 in 1974, the company has been a leader in surface Navy electronic warfare and has been involved in every version upgrade. This latest contract award enables Northrop Grumman, serving as prime integrator, to utilize its expertise in electronic warfare and active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology.

"This is the first simultaneous multi-mission enabler to be developed and deployed on Navy surface ships," said Teri Marconi, vice president and general manager, Navigation and Maritime Systems Division, Northrop Grumman. "We are building on our rich heritage of AESA radar and electronic warfare technology by delivering an affordable system with the improved performance, high reliability, enhanced flexibility and war fighting capability required by the SEWIP (pronounced Sea Whip). We are proud to be the Navy's selected partner to safeguard sailors in defense of freedom for our nation and its allies."

SEWIP Block 1 focused on obsolescence mitigation and special signal intercept. SEWIP Block 2 focused on electronic support capability improvements. SEWIP Block 3 will focus on electronic attack capability improvements. SEWIP Block 3 will provide a common electronic attack capability to U.S. Navy cruisers, destroyers, aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.

Northrop Grumman's SEWIP Block 3 solution features active and passive arrays, performing electronic warfare and communications functions with continuous 360-degree coverage. The system interfaces with the ship's combat management system and multi-mission technology provides unprecedented situational awareness to effectively detect, track and engage threats in high-clutter environments.


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