L3Harris Technologies has finished first place in a contest to design electronic warfare (EW) solution for the U.S. Marine Corps’ future large unmanned aerial system (UAS) – a network of early warning and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) drones to protect maritime forces.
As part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Unmanned Aerial System Experimental (MUX) design challenge, L3Harris proposed an EW payload solution for the drone that includes the company’s combat-proven technologies in software-defined, multifunction EW featuring advanced antenna arrays.
Once fielded, the MUX drone will be able to launch from a ship, perform reconnaissance and relay communication to deployed ground forces. The EW payload will provide the drone and its operators with situational awareness and protection from sophisticated electronic threats.
“L3Harris proposed the winning EW payload design based on proven technologies from across the newly merged companies, which can be integrated today in order to help the Marines realize their vision of initial operation capability for the new drone as early as 2025,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris.” We’re continuing to leverage technology synergies and innovations from across the company in the area of EW, including another recent contract to develop an EW system prototype for the U.S. Air Force F-16.”
L3Harris has delivered EW solutions for a wide variety of airborne platforms for more than 60 years. L3Harris airborne EW systems support and enable missions for strategic bombers, tactical fighters and rotary aircraft by helping aviators to detect, avoid, and where necessary, defeat electronic threats at every level of engagement.