(Source: BAE Systems)
12:00 AM, October 23, 2008
HUDSON, N.H. --- BAE Systems has teamed with General Dynamics to compete for the U.S. Navys upcoming Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 upgrade effort.>> The next-generation electronic warfare system, called Sea LightningTM, is designed to defeat increasingly sophisticated maritime threats by intercepting and classifying threat radars, particularly those on anti-ship cruise missiles. Sea Lightning also will integrate EW capabilities into the Navys combat direction and management systems.>> Sea Lightning will fulfill Block 2 requirements and future spiral developments in electronic attack, electro-optical, and infrared technology, said Greg Smith, vice president of information dominance systems for BAE Systems. Our combined technological knowhow and capabilities are aligned with the Navys vision and need for a system that can combat the latest enemy threats.>> The Sea Lightning team combines General Dynamics expertise in open architecture, naval systems, and subsystems integration with BAE Systems expertise in electronic warfare, said Mike Tweed-Kent, vice president and general manager of integrated combat systems for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Our teams relevant Block 1 experience, leveraged with BAE Systems mature EW capabilities, will lower development cost and shorten the execution schedule.>> The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 2 is an upgrade to the Navys AN/SLQ-32 (V) electronic support measures system. The AN/SLQ-32(V) provides early warning of enemy threats and dispenses chaff decoys to defeat attacks by guided weapons, such as anti-ship cruise missiles. Block 2 will upgrade the systems receiver, antenna and combat system interface. The Navy is expected to issue a request for proposal for SEWIP later this year and award a contract in 2009.