NAVY C4ISR AND UNMANNED SYSTEMS
SHIPBOARD ESM, ECM AND SIGINT SYSTEMS
2011. AIS was granted Rapid Deployment Capability authority in
January 2006 and transitioned to a program of record in 2008.
CONTRACTORS: ...........L- 3 Communications Corp., General Dynamics
Information Technology, Northrop Grumman Corp.
BLQ- 10 ESM
BRIEFING: The BLQ- 10 is an advanced SIGINT surveillance system for submarines, designed to support operations in the littoral
or open-ocean environment. It enables detection, identification (to
a specific emitter), analysis and direction finding of radar and
communications signals of interest. The BLQ- 10 also aids in gathering intelligence. First deployed in 2000, it is being installed as a
common SIGINT suite in all operational Navy submarines.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Lockheed Martin Corp.
SLQ- 25 NIXIE
BRIEFING: The SLQ-25C is a towed decoy electro-acoustic jammer designed for torpedo defense of surface ships. It emits simulated ship noise intended to draw away incoming torpedoes.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Boeing’s Argon ST
SLQ- 32 ELECTRONIC WARFARE
BRIEFING: The SLQ- 32, introduced in the early 1980s, is the
Navy’s primary shipboard electronic warfare system. It has provided
the capability to passively detect threat radar emissions, particularly
those from radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles, and classify the
type of radar. About half of the fleet’s SLQ-32s, predominantly those
on larger ship classes, also have an active radar jamming capability.
The SLQ- 32(V) systems are undergoing an evolutionary upgrade
through the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program.
CONTRACTORS: ..........Raytheon Co., Northrop Grumman Corp.,
Lockheed Martin Corp., General Dynamics Corp.
SURFACE ELECTRONIC WARFARE
IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (SEWIP)
BRIEFING: SEWIP is an incremental block upgrade and replacement program for the SLQ- 32 aboard several classes of Navy combatant ships. The Block 1A upgrades, approved for full-rate production in August 2006, replace the original signal processor with
the COTS Electronic Surveillance Enhancement processor and the
display console with the Navy standard UYQ- 70, both of which are
integrated with improved control and display software.
Block 1B integrates a standalone SSX- 1 Small Ship Electronic
Support Measures System already in production at General
Dynamics, adding a specific emitter identification capability.
The Coast Guard also has ordered SSX- 1 systems.
Block 1B3, approved for low-rate production in August
2012, provides improved situational awareness.
Lockheed Martin was selected in November 2009 to produce
a preliminary design for the Block 2 phase that will entail more
significant improvements, including a new antenna and receiv-
er. Block 2 was approved for low-rate production in January
2013. Ten systems were procured, with an additional 14 ordered
in September 2014. The Block 2 was installed on USS Bainbridge
in July 2014 for operational testing.
A future Block 3 phase envisions improved electronic attack
capabilities. A future Block 4 will provide electro-optic and
infrared capabilities to the SLQ- 32.
CONTRACTORS:.........General Dynamics Corp., Northrop Grumman
Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp.
WLR- 1 RADAR WARNING SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The WLR- 1 is installed on many Navy ships and
submarines. The latest version, the WLR-1H(V) 5, features reliability improvements and is designed to perform area surveillance for electronic emitters, as well as detection, classification
and targeting of emitters.
WLQ- 4 ESM
BRIEFING: The WLQ- 4 is an ESM system installed on Seawolf-class attack submarines. It can be operated fully automatically
to detect, identify and locate radar and communications emissions and, through digital computers, correlate intercepts with
other sources of intelligence.
CON TRACTOR: ...........GTE Sylvania
SLR- 25(V) 1 ADVANCED CRYPTOLOGIC
CARRY-ON EXPLOITATION SYSTEM
(ACCES) AND SLR- 25(V) 2 SHIP SIGNAL
EXPLOITATION EQUIPMENT (SSEE)
BRIEFING: The SLR- 25 is a shipboard cryptologic exploitation
system used for tactical surveillance and targeting; indications and
warning; and passive detection, classification and tracking. The
system also provides for interpretation and reporting of intercepted signals, geographic plot and analysis and track correlation.
The SLR- 25(V) 1 ACCES is a portable version of the SLR-
25(V) 2 SSEE for ships without a permanently installed cryptologic capability. When paired with a Transportable Radio
Direction-Finding System, the ACCES provides a complete SIGINT collection system. The ACCES is being integrated into
amphibious assault ships and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
MANUFACTURER:.......Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center,
SSQ- 137 SSEE INCREMENT E/F
BRIEFING: SSEE Increment E is an evolutionary development,
spiral acquisition Tactical Cryptologic System whose function is
to provide comprehensive tactical information warfare (IW)
exploitation and ESM capability to the Navy’s surface platforms.
SSEE Increment E, an afloat IW sensor, provides commanders
with threat search and identification information and electronic