First Article Delivered for Further Testing
Northrop Grumman 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, the company announced earlier this month.
“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,” commented Capt Jason Hall, the USN’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 under the engineering, manufacturing and development contract. This milestone indicates system readiness for transition transition to the Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Combat Systems Center in Wallops Island, VA.
“This delivery represents the next step in a multi-year effort to take SEWIP from the laboratory to the hands of the warfighter,” explained Mike Meaney, VP, 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.”