Lockheed Martin has secured a development contract to provide advanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities for the US Navy’s MH-60 helicopter fleet against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats.

The enhanced advanced off-board electronic warfare (AOEW) active mission payload (AMP) AN/ALQ-248 system is a self-contained electronic warfare (EW) pod, hosted on a MH-60R or MH-60S helicopter.

The new electronic warfare solution system is designed to enhance US Navy’s ASM detection and response capabilities.

Lockheed Martin electronic warfare programme director Joe Ottaviano said: “Every day ships across the world are facing a variety of evolving threats.

“Our advanced off-board electronic warfare AMP AN/ALQ-248 system will help create a coordinated attack against these threats, to keep our warfighters safe by controlling the electromagnetic spectrum and disrupting adversaries.”

Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin will supply up to 18 units of AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 pods to the US Navy, if all options of the contract are exercised.

Production of the systems will take place in Syracuse in New York, US, and is scheduled to commence in early 2019.

"The new electronic warfare solution system is designed to enhance US navy’s ASM detection and response capabilities."

A team from the company's facility in Owego, New York will carry out the integration of the new system aboard the MH-60 helicopters, which are developed by US-based aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky.

The AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 warfare solution can either work independently or with the vessel’s onboard electronic surveillance sensor, SEWIP Block 2 AN/SLQ-32(V)6.

The system helps detect an incoming missile and evaluate its destination, with AOEW then using radio frequency countermeasure techniques to deter the missile.

Image: Lockheed Martin’s AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 system will improve the way US Navy detects and responds to anti-ship missile threats. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.