General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS), prime contractor for the surface fleet's electronic warfare improvement program (SEWIP), plans to deliver this month a range of new capabilities for the Navy's elderly SLQ-32(v) family of shipboard electronic warfare systems, now installed on nearly all surface combatants, carriers, and amphibious warfare ships. More than 150 SLQ-32s, built by Raytheon in five variants, are in U.S. service. Another 40 to 60 have been installed on ships of other navies.
The enhancements, fulfilling a modification to a contract awarded in early 2004, will provide critical upgrades for the system, as well as small-ship improvements developed initially by the Naval Research Laboratory.
The new capabilities represent a second step in a long-term, multistage transformation of shipboard electronic warfare that eventually will replace the system, which was introduced in the early 1980s.
In July 2004 General Dynamics AIS delivered an initial round of SEWIP improvements for the system, including new control consoles and improved data processing for correlation and display of signals received by the system antenna.