Harris to deliver maritime electronic warfare payloads to US Navy

29 June 2016 (Last Updated June 29th, 2016 18:30)

Harris has received a contract to supply the US Naval Research Laboratory with electronic warfare (EW) payloads for its advanced decoy architecture project (ADAP).

Harris has received a contract to supply the US Naval Research Laboratory with electronic warfare (EW) payloads for its advanced decoy architecture project (ADAP).

Under the $27m order, the company will also provide testing and engineering services to help meet current and future EW mission requirements.

The latest order forms part of a three-year, $54m indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, which was awarded in September last year, and seeks to accelerate the replacement of the existing Nulka decoy.

"Decoys are an essential layer of shipboard protection, often serving as the last line of electronic defence."

Harris Electronic Systems president Ed Zoiss said: "Decoys are an essential layer of shipboard protection, often serving as the last line of electronic defence.

"Harris ADAP payloads defeat the most sophisticated RF-guided anti-ship weapons with electronic techniques built upon decades of electronic warfare and countermeasure design experience."

An upgrade to the existing Nulka decoy, the ADAP EW payloads are currently deployed within the US Navy, the USCoast Guard, the Royal Australian Navy, and the Royal Canadian Navy.

The rapid-deployment ADAP EW payloads are designed to advance the navy's capabilities to meet current and future tactical EW mission requirements as the threat landscape continues to evolve.

The Nulka rocket-propelled active-decoy system integrates hovering rocket, autonomous systems, and electronic technologies to provide warships with effective defence against anti-ship missiles.

Designed as ship-launched rocket-propelled active decoy system, Nulka lures anti-ship missiles away from their intended target.