C4iSR: Air

SNA 2018: AN/ALQ-248 AOEW pod set for mid-2018 CDR milestone

09 January 2018

Key Points

  • The AN/ALQ-248 AMP will be integrated with MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters to provide a long-endurance electronic attack capability
  • Lockheed Martin has now been contracted for the build of AN/ALQ-248 engineering development models

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems expects to complete the critical design review (CDR) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) new AN/ALQ-248 Active Mission Payload (AMP) in mid-2018, paving the way for flight testing of engineering development models (EDMs) to begin in 2019.

Artist’s impression showing AN/ALQ-248 AMP operational concept. (Lockheed Martin)Artist’s impression showing AN/ALQ-248 AMP operational concept. (Lockheed Martin)

The AN/ALQ-248 AMP is being developed by Lockheed Martin under the Advanced Offboard Electronic Warfare (AOEW) programme for integration with USN MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters to provide US battle groups with enhanced electronic surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile threats.

The AN/ALQ-248 AMP is a self-contained EW pod hosting high-sensitivity receiver and electronic attack (EA) subsystems. It is designed to be able to operate independently, or in co-ordination (using Link 16 messages) with the AN/SLQ-32(V)6/7 shipborne EW system.

The Naval Sea Systems Command in December 2016 awarded Lockheed Martin a USD5.5 million contract covering the preliminary design of the AN/ALQ-248, together with multiple options for engineering manufacturing development, low-rate initial production, and engineering services. “This initial award took us to PDR [preliminary design review], which we completed in August of last year,” Joe Ottaviano, the company’s director of electronic warfare, told reporters on 8 January. “There were some post-actions, and then on 22 September we received the initial CLIN [contract line item number] for the engineering design effort to CDR.

“Subsequent to that, the navy has exercised additional CLINs to build up to six EDMs and do all the remaining design work to get through CDR and the build.”

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