F-35 electronic warfare system updates complete

NASHUA, N.H. Upgrades to the F-35 electronic warfare (EW) systems have been completed by BAE Systems, officials announce.

The ASQ-239 system provides fully integrated radar warning, targeting support, and self-protection capabilities to engage, counter, jam, or evade threats to improve survivability and mission effectiveness.

The updated EW system delivers the functionality of the previous system in a smaller footprint, reducing volume and power requirements, as well as creating space for Block IV modernization upgrades. The system update also resolves issues with manufacturing obsolescence that would have otherwise required costly redesign work.

“We’ve delivered almost 400 EW systems to date, and now we’ve updated the architecture and are manufacturing it at a high rate of production. This technology insertion gives the EW system room to grow, and will help the F-35 maintain its dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum,” says Deborah Norton, VP of F-35 Solutions at BAE Systems.

The company recently invested $100 million in an 80,0000 square feet manufacturing space, process automation, and the growth of its highly skilled electronic warfare workforce.