Lockheed, Navy Successfully Test Pod-Based Electronic Warfare System

The system will give the U.S. Navy enhanced electronic surveillance and attack capabilities against anti-ship missile threats.

The anechoic chamber at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
The anechoic chamber at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
U.S. Navy photo by Terri Thomas

Lockheed Martin recently supported a successful government test of the Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system's electronic attack capabilities while installed on a U.S. Navy MH-60R helicopter.

The test was the first time the system was able to perform engagement testing, demonstrate the ability to defeat threats and quantify system performance, all while integrated and controlled by the target platform.

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In partnership with the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, the integration event tested the capabilities of the system and operability on the MH-60R helicopter platform — the system is designed for both the MH-60R and MR-60S host platforms, but only the MH-60R was used for this test.

According to Deon Viergutz, vice president of Spectrum Convergence at Lockheed Martin, the AOEW system is a force multiplier for sailors and will help the Navy dominate and control the battlespace without ever firing a single shot.

AOEW is a pod-based electronic warfare missile defense system that will provide U.S. Navy with enhanced electronic surveillance and attack capabilities against anti-ship missile threats. To date, the system has successfully undergone a series of incremental developmental and operational tests at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Syracuse, New York.

AOEW's architecture and technologies lay the groundwork to deliver similar capabilities on other assets, such as small ships or unmanned aerial and surface vehicles.

The pod is scheduled to undergo additional tests and demonstrations in 2024. AOEW is under a low-rate initial production contract and deliveries of the first AOEW units are expected in the next year. 

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