Electronic-warfare technologies being developed for production and deployment on board surface combatants, carriers, and amphibs through the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) are slated to undergo a preliminary design review in June. An industry team led by Lockheed Martin Radar Systems will join with the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems in conducting the review.
Since 2002, the SEWIP initiative has evolved into a series of incremental technology and performance improvements to the Navy's longtime shipboard electronic-warfare (EW) system, the SLQ-32(v). First introduced in 1979, the system has gone through multiple upgrades to counter growing EW threats. The SEWIP also sought to fill a gap in EW capability projected when the Navy in April 2002 terminated an advanced integrated electronic-warfare system under development for the then-DD(X) destroyer, now DDG-1000, and other surface combatants.