United States Navy Taps Lockheed Martin for Submarine Electronic Warfare Equipment

United States Navy Taps Lockheed Martin for Submarine Electronic Warfare Equipment. This $11.7 million contract covers design, prototyping, and qualification testing of submarine EW equipment. Work is expected to be completed by February 2022, learned citing defenseworld.

United States Navy Taps Lockheed Martin for Submarine Electronic Warfare Equipment

The United States Navy today awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to develop submarine electronic warfare (EW) equipment.

This $11.7 million contract covers design, prototyping, and qualification testing of submarine EW equipment. Work is expected to be completed by February 2022.

The company won another contract valued $31.5 million for system production and associated components in support of all new-construction and in-service class submarines.

Electronic Warfare Equipment:

An electronic countermeasure (ECM) is an electrical or electronic device designed to trick or deceive radar, sonar or other detection systems, like infrared (IR) or lasers. It may be used both offensively and defensively to deny targeting information to an enemy. The system may make many separate targets appear to the enemy, or make the real target appear to disappear or move about randomly. It is used effectively to protect aircraft from guided missiles. Most air forces use ECM to protect their aircraft from attack.

It has also been deployed by military ships and recently on some advanced tanks to fool laser/IR guided missiles. It is frequently coupled with stealth advances so that the ECM systems have an easier job. Offensive ECM often takes the form of jamming. Self-protecting (defensive) ECM includes using blip enhancement and jamming of missile terminal homers.

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