Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the AN/SLQ-32(V)7 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 Engineering and Development Model (EDM) to the US Navy for land-based testing.
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The official transfer was marked at an event with company and Navy program officials at Northrop Grumman’s systems integration facility in Baltimore, Maryland.
Northrop Grumman successfully completed SEWIP Block 3 system integration and formal qualification testing as part of the engineering, manufacturing and development contract.
According to Captain Jason Hall, major program manager of above water sensors and lasers at the US Navy, the noteworthy milestone is key to improving current capabilities.
“The AN/SLQ-32(V)7 EDM delivery to the US Navy for continued government land-based testing following formal qualification testing is a significant achievement for the SEWIP Block 3 program,” Hall said.
“SEWIP Block 3 provides a critical electronic warfare capability to the Fleet to pace the evolving anti-ship missile threat.”
The system is ready to transition to the US Navy for formal land-based testing at the Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Combat Systems Center in Wallops Island, Virginia.
To take SEWIP from the laboratory to the hands of the warfighter, the delivery is representative of the next step forward for the long-term project, according to Mike Meaney, vice president, land and maritime sensors at Northrop Grumman.
“Providing the comprehensive hardware-defined, software-enabled system to the Navy proves out the final design and signifies the end of the engineering, manufacturing and development phase,” Meaney said.