BAE Systems is providing additional EW systems, retrofit kits, and spares for the F-35.
The firm say that the contract “builds on BAE Systems’ on-time delivery of more than 800 state-of-the-art AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare/countermeasure systems to date”, providing F-35 jets with critical situational awareness and survivability capabilities.
“We’ve delivered cutting-edge electronic warfare systems for every F-35 fighter,” said Deb Norton, vice president of F-35 Solutions at BAE Systems.
“Our team is focused on manufacturing excellence and execution, providing agile, adaptable systems to outpace the current and future threat.”
This Lot 16 award comes as BAE Systems delivers Lot 14 systems and executes material orders for Lot 15.
The company is currently producing 18 sets a month as it ramps production to more than 20 sets a month in 2022 to match F-35 aircraft Low Rate Initial Production.
The AN/ASQ-239 EW system provides advanced offensive and defensive capabilities that enable the F-35 to “engage complex and highly capable threats”, say BAE.
Describing the system on their website, the firm say:
“Always active, AN/ASQ-239 provides all-aspect, broadband protection to help the F-35 reach well-defended targets and suppress enemy radars. This system stands alone today in its ability to operate in signal-dense environments, providing the aircraft with radio frequency and infrared countermeasures, and rapid response capabilities like no other aircraft. Its platform level design provides improved reliability and maintainability, optimizing long-term lifecycle costs.
The AN/ASQ-239 is also built for the future, with an architecture system that allows new capabilities to be added for the F-35 fifth-generation aircraft. Our Digital Channelized Receiver Techniques Generator and Tuner Insertion Program (DTIP) technology upgrades the AN/ASQ-239 system to enable new capabilities, further improving warfighters’ ability to conduct critical missions in contested airspace. This improved EW system delivers the world-class functionality of the previous system in a smaller footprint, reducing volume and power requirements and creating space for future upgrades.”