John Keller writes Exelis’ electronic systems division and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington will jointly develop technology to protect vessels against a newly discovered and undisclosed threat.
Shipboard electronic warfare equipment is used to block radar and other radio frequency weapons on ships or manned aircraft, Keller reports.
Exelis will perform fabrication and engineering support work for an EW system that includes a control panel, countermeasures units and electrical interface boxes made by the NRL.
Officials say the branch needs up to 24 EW systems and expects delivery of the first system in March 2014, according to the report.
In March, Exelis won a $102 million contract to produce an electronic support measures platform for the Australian navy's landing helicopter dock ships and frigates.