U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are ordering additional advanced shipboard electronic warfare (EW) systems for surface warships like aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers and destroyers.

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington are the Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems segment in Liverpool, New York, for full-rate production of AN/SLQ-32(V)6 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 units.

Source: Lockheed MartinSource: Lockheed Martin

SEWIP Block 2 is a program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system.

SEWIP provides enhanced shipboard EW for early detection, analysis, threat warning and protecting surface warships from anti-ship missiles. SEWIP Block 2 will enhance the shipboard EW system’s receiver and antenna group to meet the latest threats.

SEWIP Block 2 expands on the receiver and antenna group necessary to keep capabilities current with the pace of the threat and to yield improved systems integration, Navy officials said.

The Lockheed Martin Block 2 SEWIP design for defense against anti-ship missiles is based on its integrated common electronics warfare system (ICEWS), which enables rapid reconfiguring of the system with commercial technology.

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