Lockheed Martin has announced that its Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system, which provides MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats, has passed the preliminary design review (PDR) stage.
The company's AOEW Active Mission Payload (AMP) AN/ALQ-248 system is designed to detect and confuse incoming ASMs with radio frequency (RF)-based countermeasures.
Lockheed Martin is now preparing for the critical design review (CDR) process, which is expected to occur by mid-2018.
The company was awarded the AOEW development contract on 23 December 2016.
The AN/ALQ-248 is a self-contained pod that can also be carried by the MH-60 Romeo (R) and Sierra (S) naval helicopters.
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