F-35 electronic warfare systems readiness contract won by BAE Systems
NASHUA, N.H. Lockheed Martin officials selected BAE Systems to ensure the readiness of critical electronic warfare (EW) systems on the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. Under the five-year contract, BAE Systems will manage the supply chain and establish the infrastructure necessary to make sure the systems are mission capable and available to warfighters.
The contract calls for BAE Systems to maintain regional warehouses with on-hand inventories of critical EW components to improve fill rates and reduce wait times. The company will also establish various metrics that will be used to further strengthen confidence in the supply chain.
Betsy Warren, director of F-35 Sustainment at BAE Systems, Inc, says, “We’ll ensure that the F-35 EW supply chain is in place for Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense.”
The EW suite for the F-35, called the AN/ASQ-239 system, protects the aircraft with advanced technology for critical missions. The system’s avionics and sensors provide a real-time, 360-degree view of the battlespace, helping to maximize detection ranges and provide the pilot with options to evade, engage, counter, or jam threats.