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 U.S. Navy for land-based testing. The official transfer was marked at an event with company and U.S. Navy program officials at Northrop Grumman’s systems integration facility in Baltimore, Maryland.
«The AN/SLQ-32(V)7 EDM delivery to the U.S. Navy for continued government land-based testing following formal qualification testing is a significant achievement for the SEWIP Block 3 program», said Captain Jason Hall, the U.S. Navy’s Major Program Manager of Above Water Sensors and Lasers. «SEWIP Block 3 provides a critical electronic warfare capability to the Fleet to pace the evolving anti-ship missile threat».
Northrop Grumman successfully completed SEWIP Block 3 system integration and formal qualification testing as part of the engineering, manufacturing and development contract. This milestone indicates that the system is ready to transition to the U.S. Navy for formal land-based testing at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) in Wallops Island, Virginia.
«This delivery represents the next step in a multi-year effort to take SEWIP from the laboratory to the hands of the warfighter», said Mike Meaney, vice president, land and maritime sensors, Northrop Grumman. «Providing the comprehensive hardware-defined, software-enabled system to the U.S. Navy proves out the final design and signifies the end of the engineering, manufacturing and development phase».
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