Northrop Grumman was awarded a follow-on production contract for AN/SLQ-32(V)7 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Programme (SEWIP) Block 3 systems by the US Navy on 30 September. The system is employed on surface combatants to defeat legacy and emerging anti-ship threats using non-kinetic/electronic attack methodologies.

The company’s approach to this system is centred on a ‘software-defined, hardware-enabled’ open architecture that quickly integrates with other combat systems while adopting the latest electronic attack capabilities to ensure the system remains ahead of the threat and supports the Navy’s Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO) CONOPS.

The $100.7 million (€86 million) base contract is for the first follow-on production lot of the SLQ-32(V) SEWIP Block 3 and has a maximum value of $1.16 billion. The system is to be installed initially on ARLEIGH-BURKE class destroyers and is scalable to other ship classes.

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. “With this follow-on production award, Northrop Grumman will continue to provide game-changing maritime EW capability that will underpin future Fleet Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare operations,” commented Ingrid Vaughan, VP & General Manager, Maritime/Land Systems and Sensors. “We are writing a new chapter in the evolution of the AN/SLQ-32 that will fundamentally change how the Fleet will win the fight for years to come.”

The AN/SLQ-32(V) SEWIP Block 3 keeps the USN’s EW capabilities ahead of the threat envelope. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

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