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Lockheed Martin awarded a $57 million contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a USD 57 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against anti-ship missile threats.
Under this low-rate production contract for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), Lockheed Martin will upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system found on all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships with key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are stalking the ship.

“The SEWIP Block 2 upgrade will ensure the AN/SLQ-32 system continues to outpace the threat and establishes a framework to easily install future upgrades,” said Joe Ottaviano, SEWIP program director for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. “The system is the first sensor to be fully compliant with the Navy’s Product Line Architecture strategy, which facilitates the rapid introduction of new technology into the fleet. By using commercial-off-the-shelf components, we provide additional cost savings and ease of maintenance for sailors."

Work on the SEWIP program will be performed at the company’s Syracuse, N.Y. facility, which houses a new electronic warfare system test facility.

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