Lockheed Martin has awarded a low-rate initial production phase 1 (LRIP1) contract to mission-critical electronics provider CAES to supply phased array antennas.

The phased array antennas will support Lockheed Martin’s advanced off-board electronic warfare (AOEW) system.

The AOEW Active Mission Payload (AMP) AN/ALQ-248 system provides attack capabilities to the naval warfighters against anti-ship missiles (ASM) and a range of future threats.

The system also allows the forces to better respond to the incoming threats in real-time using persistent electronic surveillance.

CAES’ antennas will provide a high sensitivity receive surveillance and an electronic attack (EA) transmit ability to the AOEW system.

The phased array antennas will support the ability of AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 systems to work both independently, as well as with the ship’s onboard electronic surveillance sensor SEWIP Block 2 AN/SLQ-32(V)6.

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The sensors also feature CAES’ antennas, which help in detecting any incoming missile and further evaluate its path, to transmit different countermeasure techniques to deter the missile.

CAES president and CEO Mike Kahn said: “Delivering leading-edge technologies to support and protect our war fighters is of utmost priority to CAES.

“For decades, CAES has worked closely with Lockheed Martin and the US Navy, and we are pleased to be their partner of choice once again on the AOEW system.”

The AMP AN/ALQ-248 system is a self-contained electronic warfare pod hosted by an MH-60S Seahawk or MH-60R helicopter.

Earlier in 2019, the AOEW system also qualified the US Navy’s preliminary design review for its integration with the MH-60 helicopters.