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t he monitor news The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2015 15 NORTHROP GRUMMAN WINS SEWIP BLOCK 3 CONTRACT The US Navy has announced its longawaited decision on the SEWIP Block 3 program, awarding Northrop Grumman Corp. (Falls Church, VA) a $267 million contract (including options) for development of the EW upgrade. The SEWIP Block 3 program is developing an improved Electronic Attack (EA) capability for the existing AN/ SLQ-32 ("Slick 32") countermeasure system on US Navy surface combatants. The new (V)Y version of the system is to be installed on all Navy ships already equipped with the active jamming variants of the AN/SLQ-32, primarily the (V)3 and (V)4 versions. These include CVN, CG, DDG and LHD class vessels, as well as select new-construction plat- forms. The program leverages technology developed under the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Integrated Topside (InTop) effort and includes a Government software-development effort for a SoftKill Coordinator (SKC) to manage EA engagements. It also includes the provision of a "focused application of the Naval Research Lab (NRL) Transportable EW Module (TEWM) system to support CNO Urgent Operational Needs (UON)." Exelis Electronic Systems (Van Nuys, CA) has been working with NRL on this portion of the program since 2013. The TEWM Speed to Fleet (STF) effort is an interim solution until Block 3 is available, addressing "an EW capability gap for engaging a wide range of anti-ship missile seekers" and implements a network command protocol allowing for its efficient use on a broad class of ships. The non-acquisition development and demonstration program supports a 6th fleet UON and is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of this year. Commenting on the Block 3 win, a spokesperson for the Northrop Grumman program team said, "Northrop Grumman is pleased that the Navy has selected our (SEWIP) offering, and we look forward to partnering with the Navy to deliver this critical mission capability." Block 3 is the latest in a series of SEWIP Block upgrades, with Block 1 focused on obsolescence mitigation and

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Charting the Future for DIRCM
How Far Can We Take GaN Technology?
Book Reviews
EW 101
AOC News
2015 AOC Industry Member Guide
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