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AN/SLY-2 (V) Advanced Integrated Electronic Warfare System (AIEWS)

The Advanced Integrated Electronic Warfare System (AIEWS) is the Navy's next-generation shipboard Electronic Warfare (EW) system designed to meet the projected threat in the 2005 to 2010 time frame. The primary functions of AIEWS are detection, correlation, and identification of threat emitters as well as automatic employment of coordinated on-board countermeasures. The US Navy plans to install AIEWS on non-combatant surface ships and surface-combatant ships, including destroyers, cruisers, aircraft carri-ers, and amphibious ships. In addition, AIEWS is earmarked for installation on the next-generation 21 st Century Surface Combatant (SC-21) class of ships. It is planned for use with the Ship Self Defense System (SSDS), AEGIS Combat System (ACS), and ultimately for AKCITA integration.

The AN/SLY-2(V) provides Electronic Support (ES), Electronic Attack (EA), and Electronic Protect (EP) capabilities in the radar and infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. The primary operational use of AIEWS - the replacement for current EW systems (i.e. AN/SLQ-32(V), AN/WLR-1H(V), AN/SSQ-82(V), and other ancillary equipment) - is to provide improved situational awareness, engagement support, counter targeting, and anti-ship missile defense capabilities as an element of a ship’s combat system. AN/SLY-2(V), which will incorporate an open architecture that will allow technology insertion and facilitate use of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf and Non-Developmental Items (COTS/NDI), will be required to operate with and interface to different combat systems.

AN/SLY-2(V) will be developed in two increments. Increment I provides precision DF, Specific Emitter Identification (SEI), and High Probability of Intercept (HPOI) capability. Increment I will include integrating with the MK 53 Decoy Launching System (DLS), the Integrated Combat Direction System (ICDS), and the ACS. The system will use the AN/UYQ-70 Advanced Display System (ADS) to provide operator displays and generic control and processing functions. The Increment I design will include the interfaces needed to support integration of Increment II EA functions. Increment II incorporates onboard Radio Frequency (RF) and Infrared (IR) EA hardware and software, and cooperative onboard/offboard EA techniques.

On 24 December 1997 Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc. was awarded a $66,599,433 (excluding award fee) cost-plus-award-fee contract for engineering and manufacturing development of the AN/SLY-2 Advanced Integrated Electronic Warfare System (AIEWS) excluding options. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Arlington VA is the contracting activity. The award calls for Lockheed Martin to deliver 12 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) systems, with options for as many as 40 production units from FY01 to FY04. The total AIEWS program reportedly is worth approximately $2 billion over a ten-year period.

Candidate ships for AN/SLY-2(V) back fit are in the ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG-51) class, SAN ANTONIO (LPD-17) class, TICONDEROGA (CG-47) class, NIMITZ (CVN-68) class, ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) class, and WASP (LHD-1) class.

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