The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 Program successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the next generation AN/SLQ-32 shipboard electronic warfare system, Aug. 25.
Completed on schedule in conjunction with prime contractor Northrop Grumman, the review assessed the state of the system architecture and preliminary design. The PDR is a major program milestone, validating technology maturity and technical development plans.
"This ensures that the cutting-edge preliminary design is on track to meet necessary technology improvements to the AN/SLQ-32 family of electronic warfare systems through specific enhancements to threat identification, prioritization, defensive systems optimal assignment, and active engagement," said Rear Adm. Jon A. Hill, program executive officer, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS).
This system represents the Navy's investment of nearly a decade in advanced electronic warfare through the Office of Naval Research Integrated Topside prototype program. By specifically augmenting and upgrading the current AN/SLQ-32(V)6, the AN/SLQ-32(V)7 it will deliver improved, fully integrated, threat detection and active radar-jamming capability, coupled with critical enhancements in coordinated electronic warfare defense. Critical Design Review is scheduled for 2016, and initial fielding is slated for 2019.
"This was a huge accomplishment for our SEWIP team," said Capt. Seiko Okano, SEWIP program manager. "It is apparent that proliferation of advanced technology will continue to challenge our forces both at home and abroad. This upgrade will provide increased protection to both our ships and their crews, and the Navy is counting on us to deliver this critical electronic warfare capability improvement on schedule and cost.
PEO IWS, an affiliated PEO of Naval Sea Systems Command, manages surface ship and submarine combat technologies and systems and coordinates Navy enterprise solutions across ship platforms.
Source: US Navy
Date: Sep 7, 2015