Mercury Systems has received a $7.1m indefinite-quantity, indefinite-delivery (IDIQ) contract from the US Naval Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC) to deliver advanced radio frequency (RF) tuners, digital receivers, and related equipment.
The equipment delivered by Mercury will be used as spares during the installation of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 electronic countermeasure system on the US Navy, and Coast Guard ships.
Mercury Embedded Sensor Products group general manager Charlie Hudnall said: "The navy’s requirement to deny or degrade hostile uses of the electromagnetic spectrum has placed new demands on existing electronic warfare systems.
"Our array of RF, microwave and mixed-signal offerings deliver ultra-fast tuning, high dynamic range, and extreme data processing – all critical elements of electronic warfare support measures."
Work under the contract will be performed at Mercury’s headquarters in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, US, and is expected to be completed by May 2020.
The AN/SLQ-32(V)6 shipboard electronic countermeasure system was developed as part of the navy’s surface electronic warfare improvement program (SEWIP), an upgrade to the AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare anti-ship missile defence system.
Built by Raytheon, the AN/SLQ-32(V) system has been designed to provide early warning of enemy threats, while initiating decoy engagements to defeat attacks by guided weapons.
In March this year, IXI Technology received a multi-year, firm-fixed price IDIQ contract to supply its advanced Data I/O Converter solution in support of the navy’s AN/SLQ-32(V).
The Data I/O Converter serves as a key component of the AN/SLQ-32(V) 6 system and is designed to convert data from the naval tactical data system (NTDS) to fibre for the AN/SLQ-32(V).