Lockheed Taps CAES for US Navy Electronic Warfare Antenna Production

Lockheed Martin has awarded Virginia-based electronics provider CAES a low-rate initial production contract to support the US Navy’s advanced off-board electronic warfare (AOEW) program.

Under the agreement, CAES will provide phased array antennas for Lockheed’s AOEW platform dedicated to maritime electronic attack and surveillance.

The AOEW uses radio frequency (RF) countermeasures to intercept anti-ship missiles.

In a US Navy vessel, the AOEW can operate independently or through the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 onboard sensor suite.

“We’re honored to continue our work with Lockheed Martin to bring critical electronic warfare capabilities to the US Navy,” CAES President and CEP Mike Kahn said.

“Our unique combination of longstanding RF experience and next generation electronic warfare technology allows us to continue to be a trusted partner of choice.”

US Navy Electronic Warfare Progress

The contract builds on a low-rate initial production phase 1 agreement signed by Lockheed and CAES in April 2022.

In 2017, the US Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to employ AOEW on Sikorsky MH-60 Seahawk helicopters to increase the fleet’s anti-ship missile deterrence.

The electronic warfare system passed its preliminary design review the same year.

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