Multibillion-Dollar Development Effort Enhances Wide Array of U.S. Navy Sensor Systems

Artist’s Rendering of the SEWIP Block 3 System. Image – Northrop Grumman

This past February, CAES was awarded a five-year, $38.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy to support the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 program. This action made the company just the latest addition to the many contractors involved in moving the sweeping, multibillion-dollar program forward with its ambitious goals. CAES will provide spares, engineering services, and repairs on antenna array panel assemblies for the program.

Through the SEWIP effort, the Navy is enhancing the capability of its SLQ-32 electronic warfare systems and other technology to provide early detection, analysis, and threat warning of, and protection from, anti-ship missiles.  The program provides and supports a family of modular electronic warfare equipment that is installed on all Navy surface combatants, aircraft carriers, amphibious ships, and auxiliaries.

The FY24 U.S. defense budget includes over $2.8 billion in funding for SLQ-32 RDT&E and procurement through FY28. The budget supports the SLQ-32(V)6 and SLQ-32(V)7 variants through procurement and installation.

Among other recent contracting activity, in September 2022, Northrop Grumman was awarded a $16.2 million contract for SEWIP Block 3 electronic attack systems and engineering support. Work is expected to be completed by August 2023.

In April 2023, Lockheed Martin won a two-year, $63.2 million modification to a previously awarded contract for full-rate production of SLQ-32(V)6 and SLQ-32C(V)6 variants.

Based on an estimated projection of the FY24 defense budget line, the U.S. Navy will spend over $3.9 billion over the next 10 years developing and purchasing upgrades for the SLQ-32.

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