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BAE Continues Production of EW Systems for F-35

Sept. 14, 2020
BAE continues to supply advanced EW systems for the F-35 fighter aircraft as part of a contact with Lockheed Martin, the F-35 airframe manufacturer.

BAE Systems has been contracted by Lockheed Martin for production and delivery of additional electronic warfare (EW) systems for the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. The systems provide advanced situational awareness and threat response capabilities; the contract includes sustainment spare equipment and retrofit kits for the EW systems. This contract follows BAE’s production and delivery of more than 500 EW systems for F-35 aircraft (see the figure), as a partner to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 airframe production. BAE supports all stages of the EW system’s life cycle, from development and production to sustainment.

“Our goal is to deliver capabilities that provide warfighters with a distinct advantage on the battlefield,” said Deborah Norton, vice president of F-35 Solutions at BAE Systems. “This contract underscores our partnership with Lockheed Martin and our collective commitment to deliver affordable, sustainable, and world-class electronic warfare systems to combat evolving threats.”

BAE has a proven track record of developing and delivering affordable and reliable EW systems, with a long history of creating EW systems with impressive and dependable performance. The company is designing and developing new capabilities for the F-35 EW system under a performance-based logistics sustainability contract. The EW system operates as part of what is considered the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft, helping to advance its offensive and defensive capabilities.