C4iSR: Maritime

USN moots alternative strategies for SEWIP Block 3 production competition

09 January 2019

The US Navy (USN) is exploring options to compete the production of hardware for its next-generation Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 electronic attack (EA) system.

Procurement strategies being considered for the fiscal year (FY) 2020–24 production contract include a single contract award for SEWIP Block 3 manufacture and associated engineering support services, and an alternative dual-source ‘leader/challenger’ acquisition model.

SEWIP Block 3 is designed to provide USN surface ships with expanded EA capabilities based upon the architecture of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6/SEWIP Block 2 system. As well as jamming targeting radars and missile seekers, the Block 3 increment will also introduce a soft kill co-ordination system to provide direction and scheduling for both onboard and offboard ‘soft-kill’ effectors.

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