General Dynamics Wins SEWIP Block 1B3 Full-Rate Production Contract

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    By: Megan Eckstein
    January 11, 2016 10:35 AM • Updated: January 10, 2016 9:38 PM

    General Dynamics Mission Systems was awarded a full-rate production contract for the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 1B3, which will add display upgrades, a high-gain high-sensitivity electronic capability and more to most of the fleet’s surface ships.

    GDMS previously won a contract for design and low-rate initial production, and this five-year FRP contract was awarded after the Navy held a full and open competition for a lowest price technically acceptable award, GDMS Vice President and General Manager Carlo Zaffanella told USNI News.

    “this is all about enhancing the EW capabilities … for anti-ship missile defense, counter-targeting and surveillance. It’s part of a systemic upgrade process the Navy has been going through, and it provides some really needed, really important capability,” he said.

    General Dynamics has worked on SEWIP Block 1 since 2003. Block 1A improved and modernized the displays and user interface and enhanced hardware and signal processing capabilities, Zaffanella said. Block 1B1 replaced obsolescent parts, 1B2 improved electronic signals intelligence, and 1B3 will add additional display upgrades, add the high-gain high-sensitivity subsystem and increase situational awareness.


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    SURFACE ELECTRONIC WARFARE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (SEWIP)

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    Description

    The AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare (EW) system, introduced in the late 1970's, performs the mission of early detection, signal analysis, threat warning and protection from anti-ship missiles. It is an integrated shipboard combat system that provides a full suite of EW capabilities that can be managed and controlled manually from a console or semi-manually/auto by the host combat management system. In 2015, there were 233 systems, in seven variants, deployed worldwide: 129 systems on US Navy ships (CVN, DDG, CG, FFG, LCC, LHA, LHD, LPD and LSD), 13 systems on US Coast Guard cutters, and 91 Foreign Military Sales Transfers in 12 countries. The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) is an evolutionary development block upgrade program for the AN/SLQ-32(V) EW system offering incremental enhancements in capability. There are currently three established block upgrades and a fourth is planned.

    Features
    SEWIP Block 1 provides enhanced EW capabilities to existing and new ship combat systems to improve anti-ship missile defense, counter targeting and counter surveillance capabilities.
    The upgrade addresses obsolescence mitigation through introduction of Electronic Surveillance Enhancements (ESE) and Improved Control and Display (ICAD) as well as incorporation of adjunct receivers for special signal intercept including Specific Emitter ID (SEI) and High Gain/High Sensitivity (HGHS). The SEI and HGHS capability provides improved battlefield situational awareness. The SEWIP Block 1 program is designated as an ACAT II program. Block 1A, Block 1B1, and Block 1B2 are in Full Rate Production. Block 1B3 (HGHS) is in Low Rate Initial Production.

    SEWIP Block 2 will provide enhanced Electronic Support (ES) capability by means of an upgraded ES antenna, ES receiver and an open combat system interface for the AN/SLQ-32. These upgrades are necessary in order to pace the threat and improve detection and accuracy capabilities of the AN/SLQ-32. The SEWIP Block 2 program is designated as an ACAT II program. Milestone C was achieved in January 2013 and is in Low Rate Initial Production.

    SEWIP Block 3 will provide Electronic Attack (EA) capability improvements required for the AN/SLQ-32(V) system to keep pace with the threat. This block upgrade will provide a common EA capability to all surface combatants outfitted with the active variant of the AN/SLQ-32. SEWIP Block 3 development leverages technology developed under the Office of Naval Research�s (ONR) Integrated Topside (InTop) Science and Technology (S&T) effort. The SEWIP Block 3 program is designated as an ACAT II program and is currently in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development Phase.

    SEWIP Block 4 is a future planned upgrade that will provide advanced electro-optic and infrared capabilities to the AN/SLQ-32(V) system.

    Background
    SEWIP was established as an ACAT II program in July 2002 after cancellation of Advanced Integrated Electronic Warfare System (AIEWS). Through incremental upgrades using an evolutionary acquisition strategy, the AN/SLQ-32(V) is being modernized to mitigate obsolescence and delivery advanced ES and EA capability to the Fleet.

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    Washington, D.C. 20376

    Last Update: 11 January 2016

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