AOEW Pod Expected for Production About 2020
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
WASHINGTON — The heliborne electronic warfare pod being developed for the Navy is expected to begin low-rate initial production about 2020, a Lockheed Martin official said.
The ALQ-248 Advanced Offboard Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system is designed to be carried aloft in a pod by an MH-60R or MH-60S Seahawk helicopter. It will be able to independently detect and distract incoming cruise missiles or act as an extension of a ship’s SLQ-36(V)6/7 electronic warfare system. The AOEW uses Link 16 to connect with the shipboard system, over which the AOEW will be able to take updates.
Joe Ottaviano, the electronic warfare program manager for Lockheed Martin, said on Nov. 29 at the Association of Old Crows Convention that the AOEW system will have open architecture and modular subsystems. He said the company expects to build up to 18 AOEW systems under the future low-rate initial production contract.
Ottaviano said the AOEW program as the “best example of government-industry partnership” he has seen.