Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is being awarded a firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise options for full-rate production (FRP) of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6).
The modification, worth around $120 million, is being awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, District of Columbia. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2018, 2017, 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding for the amount will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system. SEWIP Block 2 will expand upon the receiver/antenna group necessary to keep capabilities current with the pace of the threat and to yield improved system integration.
The contract work will be performed in Liverpool, New York (23 percent); Lansdale, Pennsylvania (23 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (21 percent); Frankfort, New York (9 percent); Hamilton, New Jersey (7 percent); Hauppauge, New York (7 percent); Brockton, Massachusetts (3 percent); West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (2 percent); Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 percent); Huntsville, Alabama (2 percent); and Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2019.
The AN/SLQ-32 is a shipboard electronic warfare (EW) suite. It is currently the primary electronic warfare system in use by U.S. Navy ships. The system provides early detection, analysis, threat warning, and protection from anti-ship missiles (AShM).
SEWIP is a series of evolutionary developments, called block upgrades, which, at each stage improve and modernize the existing AN/SLQ-32 infrastructure.
The Navy established SEWIP in 2002. Block 1 provided enhanced electronic warfare capabilities to existing and new ship combat systems to improve anti-ship missile defense, counter-targeting, and counter-surveillance capabilities. The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin the SEWIP Block 2 contract in 2009 to upgrade the antenna, receiver, and combat system interface for the AN/SLQ-32.
SEWIP Block 2 upgrades were first installed on Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers (DDG) in 2014. SEWIP Block 2 was tested on littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS-1) in December 2014.