U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $57 Million Contract To Upgrade Electronic Warfare Ship Defense System

Mon Apr 1, 2013 9:00am EDT

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.,  April 1, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed
Martin (NYSE: LMT) a  $57 million  contract to upgrade the fleet's electronic
warfare defenses against anti-ship missile threats.    

Under this low-rate production contract for Block 2 of the Navy's Surface
Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), Lockheed Martin will upgrade the
AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system found on all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers
and other warships with key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors
of potential foes are stalking the ship.

"The SEWIP Block 2 upgrade will ensure the AN/SLQ-32 system continues to outpace
the threat and establishes a framework to easily install future upgrades," said 
Joe Ottaviano, SEWIP program director for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and
Training. "The system is the first sensor to be fully compliant with the Navy's
Product Line Architecture strategy, which facilitates the rapid introduction of
new technology into the fleet. By using commercial-off-the-shelf components, we
provide additional cost savings and ease of maintenance for sailors."     

Block 2 is the latest in an evolutionary succession of improvement "blocks" the
Navy is pursuing for its shipboard electronic warfare system, which will
incrementally add new defensive technologies and functional capabilities. The
Navy competitively awarded Lockheed Martin a contract in 2009 to develop SEWIP
Block 2 and the company recently completed successful integration and test
activities for two engineering development models.

Work on the SEWIP program will be performed at the company's  Syracuse, N.Y. 
facility, which houses a new electronic warfare system test facility.

In  January 2012, Lockheed Martin teamed with Raytheon Company, the original
developer of the AN/SLQ-32, to pursue the Navy's competitive SEWIP Block 3
program, which will upgrade the system's electronic attack electronic warfare
capabilities.  The team demonstrated its potential Block 3 solution at last
summer's multi-national Rim of the Pacific naval exercises. A formal Navy
request for Block 3 proposals is anticipated later this year.   

Headquartered in  Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally
engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and
sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.  The
Corporation's net sales for 2012 were  $47.2 billion.

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