Lockheed Readies EW Systems to Extend Protection of Surface Forces, E-2D
By OTTO KREISHER, Seapower Correspondent
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Lockheed Martin is ready to provide the Navy two advanced electronic warfare (EW) systems that will give surface forces and the new E2-D early warning aircraft extended protection, company officials said April 10.
In a briefing at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Joseph Ottaviano, director of electronic warfare systems at Lockheed, said they were completing the design for the Advanced Offboard Electronic Warfare (AOEWS), a compact pod that can be integrated into the SH-60 Sierra and Romeo helicopters
AOEWS will work in cooperation with the Aegis combat weapon system and the Surface Electronic Warfare Protective System (SEWP) on the Navy’s destroyers and cruiser, and “extends the battlespace beyond SWEP,” Ottaviano said.
The new system uses embedded analytic tools to take unidentified electronic signals and tell the airborne operator what they are and the likely intent, almost instantly, he said.
Pedrotty, a business development executive in EW products, said Lockheed’s new ALQ-217 electronic warning system, which is ready for contract approval, will move the current electronic countermeasure protection for the E2-D Advance Hawkeyes from a bulky and slow analog system to a compact digital tool and provides a great leap in power.
The system will go on E2-Ds on the production line and likely will be retrofitted on aircraft in service, Pedrotty said.