With the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program, or SEWIP, the Navy is looking to improve upon the AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare system used by warships.
“Block 2 establishes a framework for the Navy to easily integrate future block upgrades of the most current electronic warfare technology to defend the fleet,“ SEWIP program director Joe Ottaviano said. “This critical milestone validates our design and serves as the contractual go-ahead to produce two system prototypes by 2012.“
The firm secured an initial SEWIP Block 2 development deal in 2009 worth $9.9 million with options raising the project’s potential value to $167 million. Last year, the Navy approved Lockheed Martin’s preliminary design for Block 2 and exercised an option for $51.1 million.