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.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

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.