Leveraging Existing Technology is Key in SEWIP Block 3 Team Proposal

The U.S. Navy is responding to an increased electronic warfare threat by upgrading its systems with technologies that will defend sailors, warfighters and civilians.

The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Project (SEWIP) is an evolutionary development of block upgrades to the AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare system installed on all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships to improve anti-ship missile defense, counter targeting, and counter surveillance activities.

With the U.S. Navy SEWIP Block 3 competition approaching a decision in early 2014, the Lockheed Martin and Raytheon team has remained customer-focused and will utilize their proven expertise to support the Navy.

 “Following our successful Lockheed Martin-Raytheon joint effort at RIMPAC 2012, we have continued to strive to meet the goals of the Navy in our solution for the SEWIP Block 3 RFP,” said Joe Ottaviano, SEWIP program director at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business. “We have continued the same disciplined approach to developing our offering that has been so successful for Block 2, by using technologies that the Navy has invested in to meet the requirements.  These investments were leveraged in our responses to the Navy’s Questions for Block 3.”

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are both dedicated to supporting the U.S. Navy and providing them with superior solutions for the sea-surface threat environment.

"The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team is fully committed to meeting the U.S. Navy’s needs to outpace evolving threats and enhance fleet situational awareness through the SEWIP-3 program,” said Michael Baladjanian, SEWIP program director, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “By bringing the full resources of both companies to the challenge, the Lockheed Martin-Raytheon partnership provides more than 80 years of proven experience in developing low-cost, high-reliability solutions for the Navy.”

In 2002, the Navy established SEWIP as a set of incremental upgrades `SEWIP 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 3 will extend the electronic warfare suite to include electronic attack capability improvements required for the system to keep pace with the threat.

Posted November 8, 2013