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BAE to Enhance F-35 Electronic Warfare

Published Friday Sep 6, 2019

BAE to Enhance F-35 Electronic Warfare

BAE Systems in Nashua has received a Block 4 Modernization contract from Lockheed Martin to enhance the offensive and defensive electronic warfare capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Under the contract, BAE Systems will update its AN/ASQ-239 Electronic Warfare/Countermeasures (EW/CM) system to address emerging threats and maintain U.S. and allied warfighters’ ability to safely conduct missions in contested airspace.

“The F-35 will be in service for decades, and we’re committed to providing our pilots with an AN/ASQ-239 capability that affords a decisive and sustained EW operational advantage,” said Deborah Norton, vice president of the F-35 divison.

BAE has been a supplier for the F-35 program for the past 14 years, successfully designing and developing the Block 1, Block 2, and Block 3 renditions. The newly announced Block 4 program is a multi-year, multi-contract design and development effort that will add 11 new capabilities to the electronic warfare system. T

BAE Systems has delivered more than 500 F-35 shipsets to date. The company has invested in process automation, facility optimization, quality assurance, employees, and supply chain processes to improve the delivery of the warfighter with speed and agility.

As a leading government contractor, BAE Systems said in a press release that it understandis the evolving warfighter needs, and cites its 60 years of experience designing, qualifying, delivering, and sustaining highly reliable and maintainable systems as reasons to keep doing so.

To learn more about the F-35 AN/ASQ-239 EW/CM system, visit:


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